RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Authorities said a man fell to his death Saturday while he was trimming a tree at his Riverside home.

Firefighters answered a call at a home in the 4000 block of Beachwood Place where the man was pronounced dead, Riverside Fire Battalion Chief Scott Blair said.

The victim — identified Sunday as 46-year-old Gabriel Luis Acosta — was alone when he fell 15-20 feet from a ladder, according to Blair.

Acosta, an award-winning photojournalist by trade, reportedly broke both legs and suffered a head injury.

Relatives later arrived at the home and called 911, Blair said.

Acosta ran GLA Photo in Riverside and was a staff photographer for the San Bernardino Sun, according to his website.

The deceased, a native of Southern California, was also a staff photographer for Riverside Magazine as well as an avid artist and oil painter.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

More From CBS Los Angeles

Weather Team
Goldstein Tipline

Watch & Listen LIVE