Joseph Kromelis Wiki – Joseph Kromelis Biography
Joseph Kromelis, known as Chicago’s “Walking Man,” has died months after he was set on fire while sleeping on the street, CBS Chicago’s Elyssa Kaufman reports.
Joseph Kromelis Age
The age of Joseph Kromelis was 75 years.
Joseph Kromelis cause of death
Kromelis was sleeping when a man poured gasoline on his head and set it on fire.
The 75-year-old man was not expected to survive. But in September, Kromelis was released from the hospital and transferred to a rehabilitation center.
Known for his trademark long hair and mustache, and often seen wearing a sports jacket, Kromelis was affectionately called “The Man Who Walks” by Chicagoans, who frequently saw him wandering the city streets for decades.
It was not clear if his death was the result of his attack. The autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon.
The attack happened around 3 a.m. Police said a 75-year-old man was lying on the ground when another man approached him, threw a flammable liquid at him, set it on fire and ran off.
Law enforcement sources confirmed to CBS Chicago’s Brad Edwards that the victim was Joseph and had suffered burns over 40% of his body.
Police said a security officer at a nearby building sprang into action and used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Kromelis was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
27, of Melrose Park, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and arson, the Chicago Police Department said Sunday. Police did not say what led to the arrest. Law enforcement sources confirmed to CBS Chicago’s Brad Edwards that the victim was Joseph and had suffered burns over 40% of his body.