STUDIO CITY, CA – A 70-year-old tree trimmer found hanging upside down in a tree over the weekend has been identified as David Cerigioni, the LA County Coroner’s Office confirmed.
At 12:07 a.m. Saturday, Cerigioni was found dead hanging about 50 feet above the ground at 3363 N. Coldwater Canyon Avenue in Studio City, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement. The large house once belonged to Van Halen, CBSLA reported.
The department sent 39 firefighters, including those specially trained, equipped and certified for urban search and rescue operations. They used a truck-mounted aerial ladder, rope, and harness system to extricate Cerigioni.
Cerigioni was trimming a tree around electrical cables, including a power line, according to CBS, but LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said it remains unknown if they played a role in the death. of Cerigioni. The department is awaiting an official autopsy.
Cerigioni’s daughter, Heather, told CBS that her dad was “just a really funny guy” who had a “heart of gold.”
She said her father had been climbing and trimming trees since he was 19 and had amassed a large and loyal following, including the Van Halen estate.
— City News Service contributed to this report.