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Riverside Photojournalist Falls To Death While Trimming Tree At Home

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Gabriel Acosta in a self-portrait. (credit: GLAphoto.net)

Gabriel Acosta in a self-portrait. (credit: GLAphoto.net)

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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.)

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