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Identification in fatal fall from cliff


A man who apparently fell to his death from a cliff in Canyon Country has been positively identified.

John Mahaffey was a 67-year-old resident of Santa Clarita, according to the coroner’s office.

In May 2021, Santa Clarita Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mahaffey for assault likely to produce great bodily injury. He was accused of pointing a gun in the direction of a family member and other witnesses while making verbal threats, according to police reports.

He was also honored in 2005 for helping renovate the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club headquarters, providing funds and materials for new flooring and carpeting.

The fall appeared to be accidental.