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News Release

Monday, June 17, 2002

Media Relations

Death of Gardner Appears to be Accidental Drowning

"Death of Gardner Appears to be Accidental Drowning"


Los Angeles: On Thursday, June 6, 2002, at approximately 1:45 P.M., Van Nuys uniformed officers responded to a "Death Investigation" radio call at 3333 Beverly Ranch Road. Upon arrival the responding officers observed the lifeless body of a male Hispanic, 27 years of age, in the in pool area, to the rear of the house.

The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 1:00 P.M., two gardeners arrived at the location and began to do their work. One of the gardeners went into the backyard and one remained in the front yard. At approximately 1:30 P.M., one of the housekeepers went to the back yard and found the victim face up in the deep end of the pool. She notified the other gardener and attempted to pull the victim out of the pool. The housekeeper was able to partially get the individual out of the pool, but the victim was not breathing.

The Los Angeles City Fire/Paramedics arrived and attempted to resuscitate the victim with negative results and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no signs of foul play and the incident is being treated as an accident at this time. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office will conduct an investigation to determine the cause death and to notify the next of kin.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Eduardo Funes, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.