14 deaths from Florida nursing home that lost AC in Irma

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Franco's death follows the death of her 93-year-old husband, Miguel, who was also a patient at the nursing home.

A criminal investigation is under way after patients died in sweltering heat when the center lost power during the storm.

Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told The Associated Press on Monday that Cecilia Franco has died from ailments suffered when the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power September 10 during the hurricane's passage.

Several families have filed lawsuits.

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"The death of Cecilia Franco has compounded this unnecessary tragedy for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren", family attorneys Curtis Miner and Albert Levin said in a statement. She died at St. Catherine's Hospice in Hialeah Gardens.

Cecilia Franco, 90 and Francesca Andrade, 96, have died, Hollywood police officials confirmed.

Gov. Rick Scott approved an emergency order last month that would require all nursing homes to obtain generators and adequate fuel for their air conditioning systems by next month, though the Florida Health Care Association, the state industry trade group, has countered that the requirement is not feasible in that timeframe. Many were moved into the hallways, next to fans and spot coolers. The state advised managers "multiple times" to call 911 if such a situation arose - "Something they failed to do", the 159-page report said.

The couple, who had been married 62 years, shared a room in the nursing home's second floor. The facility has since closed and laid off its 245 employees, according to a notice to state officials.

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