Dead tree pruner hangs upside down in Studio City CA


Firefighters put the man on the ground but were unable to revive him.

Screenshot from KTLA video

A tree cutter died Saturday, April 9, after being spotted hanging upside down 50 feet in the air, Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

Rescuers responded to reports of a man hanging from a tree near Studio City at 12:07 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Nearly 40 firefighters used ladders, ropes and harnesses to lower the man to the ground, but he could not be revived, firefighters said.

Firefighters spotted live wires near the tree, but it’s not yet known how the man died, the department said. It’s unclear how long he stayed in the tree before he was spotted.

Authorities are still working to identify his employer and determine what happened, KTLA reported.

The Los Angeles County coroner-medical examiner’s office identified him as 70-year-old David Cerigioni, KCBS reported. His daughter told the station that her father had worked in the estate for 50 years.

“He was always really amazing,” Heather Cerigioni said. “He could climb so high – like a monkey – that’s exactly what he loved to do. He had been doing it since he was 19.

This story was originally published April 10, 2022 7:27 a.m.

Don Sweeney has been a journalist and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.