(L.A.) Jonathan Van Oeffelen, 43, Ended His Life

Case Number: 2024-04990

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 43-year-old White/Caucasian male that occurred at a rehabilitation facility.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Johnathan Van Oeffelen [sic].

Born in Orange County, California. Mother’s maiden name is Parnell.

Manner of Death: Suicide

Cause of Death: Blunt Head Trauma

Other Significant Condition: History of Depression

RIP JONATHAN EDWARD VAN OEFFELEN (January 19, 1981 – March 24, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Sunday at 4:42 p.m.

Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) announced Sunday night that the decedent was a firefighter of their agency. They also spelled his forename as Jonathan.

* This is an active-duty death, not a line-of-duty death. An active-duty death refers to when a firefighter on the active roster dies while off-duty and not while working.

The government employee in charge of providing the spelling of the decedent’s name to the public is Department of Medical Examiner investigator Mason Chao. Taypayers paid for his $73,315 salary in 2021.

Jonathan E. Van Oeffelen received $263,491 in total compensation in 2022 for his work as a “Fire Fighter (56-Hour Schedule).”

Jonathan Van Oeffelen cause of death

A detailed report by the government investigator and forensic pathologist assigned to this case may be purchased from L.A. County for 67 dollars. This includes field notes on the circumstances of the death.


Inquiries about this case may be made over the phone by calling the Department of Medical Examiner at (323) 343-0512.

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