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UPDATE: Man dies on Santa Clarita Valley school campus

Posted: August 19, 2014 12:44 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2014 6:37 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies are at the scene of the Canyon High School student parking lot where a state inspector died suddenly Tuesday. He was on campus for a daily inspection of the football field renovations. Signal photo by Dan Watson


A state inspector died on the campus of a Santa Clarita Valley high school Tuesday.

A state inspector on the Canyon High School campus for a daily inspection of football field renovations Tuesday died suddenly, said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

An employee of the California Division of the State Architect, the man’s name was not released.


A Los Angeles County Fire Department official confirmed paramedics were sent to the scene on a medical call around 11:50 a.m., but no further details were available.

“We did provide some assistance, but there was nothing to be done for the patient,” said a firefighter at Fire Station 128.

Campus officials locked up the parking lot at Canyon where the man had died. Sheriff’s Department investigators were on the scene around 12:30 p.m., with yellow caution tape roping off a large portion of the parking lot.

Sheriff’s Department personnel were working next to a large black truck parked in the lot that had a green tarp covering the driver-side door.

Neither homicide detectives nor county coroner’s investigators were sent to the scene. A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station official said the death appeared to be by natural causes and a physician could be authorized to sign the man’s death certificate.

News of a sudden death on a Santa Clarita Valley high school campus drew immediate attention due to reports of online death threats against students circulated last weekend. One student was arrested in connection with that case.

The Canyon High football field is expected to be finished and ready for its final inspection within a few days, Pinsker said.
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VanessaBrookman: Posted: August 19, 2014 3:56 p.m.

That's sad... go to work one day, and your whole life changes - and the lives of your loved ones.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 19, 2014 4:05 p.m.

Good God its just going to Hades in a handbasket around here.

Unreal: Posted: August 19, 2014 5:03 p.m.

I was thinking the same thing. A lot of awful news these days.

ohhyaa: Posted: August 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Could this day get any worse? My sympathy goes out to the loved ones of this Man.

SReilly12: Posted: August 19, 2014 11:17 p.m.

Geez, my family is back east right now and Santa Clarita is all over the news back here! From the punk with his twitter post about Valencia High school and now this. What the hell is going on with my city?????

johnnyrock: Posted: August 20, 2014 1:26 p.m.

It has been non-stop. Just insanity everywhere. So sorry for this gentleman and his family.

SidNee: Posted: August 21, 2014 12:31 a.m.

I'm confused.... Why does SCVNews report "The auditorium project is in the very early stages, Pinsker said" while the Signal reports "The Canyon High football field is expected to be finished and ready for its final inspection within a few days, Pinsker said."

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