A Blue Springs postal carrier collapsed and died Tuesday while delivering mail on his longtime route in Independence.

A Blue Springs postal carrier collapsed and died Tuesday while delivering mail on his longtime route in Independence.


John Watzlawick, a 57-year-old U.S. Postal Service employee, was found collapsed on Cottage Street near Delaware and 35th streets at about 2:50 p.m., according to a U.S. Postal Service spokesman. He was rushed to a hospital.


Watzlawick had been with the post office for 28 years.


The Postal Service said the cause of death is unknown and is under investigation the Jackson County medical examiner’s office.


Kay Watzlawick, his wife, told Examiner news partner KMBC that his body temperature was measured at 108. The area has been under an excessive heat advisory for several days, and the temperature reached 104 at the downtown airport on Tuesday.