SAN PEDRO, CA - The body of USC
kicker Mario Danelo
was found Saturday at the bottom of Point Fermin Park
cliffs in San Pedro
Danelo, 21, was missing for at least a day, according to USC officials, before his body was found. Rigor mortis had set in by the time authorities reached the scene Saturday night.
"It's extremely sad," USC special teams coach Sam Anno
said. "No.1, because of the person that Mario was and the kind of guy he was. And also because of the kind of player he was; he worked hard at his craft and succeeded.
"I'll never forget the first game this season when Arkansas tried to burn him with three timeouts and he still nailed a 44-yarder. That was Mario in a nutshell."
Park visitors spotted Danelo's body at 4:37 p.m. and about 40 firefighters responded to the scene, about 200 yards west of the Point Fermin Lighthouse.
Firefighters led police down a 120-foot cliff to the body.
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SAN PEDRO, CA - Foul play probably was not a factor in the death of USC kicker Mario Danelo, whose body was found about 120 feet down a rocky cliff in San Pedro, police said today.
"It was fairly apparent that this was either an accident or suicide," said LAPD
Lt. Paul Vernon.
Danelo's brother said today that "it was an unfortunate accident."
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Mario Danelo (1985-2007) died on Saturday, Jan. 5 when he fell down a steep cliff
overlooking the coast of southern California. Danelo is the son of former NFL kicker Joe Danelo.