I know this isn’t funny, but………actually this sort of thing was fairly common in New York in the 1880s and before, especially in Irish neighborhoods. The northern born Celts, arriving from a somewhat chiller place, may have had a difficult time adjusting to the sometime oppressive summer humidity and stagnant air of the city.
New York Times
City and Suburban News
Patrick Tuohy, a widower, age 48, living at No. 40 Morris-street in Paterson. has been in the habit of sleeping, during the recent hot nights, on York the roof of a piazza in front of his house. Yesterday morning he was found dead in an alleyway adjoining his house and it was evident that he had rolled off, the rail breaking as he rolled against it and had been instantly killed. That was the conclusion of the Coroner