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Suicide at Mel Gibson's Place

3/20/2008 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A construction worker who worked in the movie business committed suicide at one of Mel Gibson's homes.

It happened at Mel's Agoura Hills home -- near Malibu. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, 48-year-old Michael John Van Dyke hanged himself on one of the structures under construction on the property. He was discovered early yesterday morning by the job site foreman.

A rep for Mel tells TMZ the actor feels "terrible" that someone committed suicide on his property. Mel has never lived in the house and has no current plans to move in. The home is less than a mile from The Holy family Catholic Church, founded by Mel. It's where his daughter was married back in 2006.

We're told Mel did not know Van Dyke, although Van Dyke has worked on a number of movies as a set construction foreman, including "The Matrix Reloaded," "Dr. Dolittle 2," "Star Trek: Nemesis," and "Karate Kid."

Sources say Van Dyke was on the ropes after a messy, prolonged divorce a few years ago. He was having intense financial problems.


How Low Can LiLo's Ex Go? Sex Tape Scandal

So there's a couple o' still pics zooming around the Internet today....purportedly from a sex tape featuring Lindsay Lohan and ex-ex-ex-ex-boyfriend Calum Best. ...aka scumbag.

But no one would be surprised if Best, renowned on more than one continent for douchebaggery, were responsible for a hawking a tape. What do you think?

BTW, It's a felony in California to surreptitiously record someone where there's a reasonable expectation of privacy.


No Homicide in Death of Anna Nicole's Son


Big news in the Daniel Smith inquest -- the magistrate in the case will not be giving the jury the option to rule his death a homicide.

In a Bahamian court today, the parties discussed four possible options as the cause of death -- accident, Tragic Blondes -- click to launch"misadventure," non-dependent drug use and an "open verdict."

We're told the magistrate will instruct the jury on those options on March 31.

No one, including Virgie Arthur's lawyer, suggested that homicide was an option.

As for the options, "misadventure" is defined as "a hazardous course of action which ended fatally." An open verdict means the jury can't decide the specific cause of death.

Who Nose About Ashley Tisdale


Ashley Tisdale is a busy girl. It's hard to imagine that she has any free time with all the work she's had done doing.
Ashley Tisdale -- Click to launch
And yet Tisdale and her mommy spent Wednesday at Chris McMillan's salon in Beverly Hills. Chris happens to be the same guy that created the "Rachel" for Jennifer Aniston -- who's also believed to have had a nose job.

Coincidence? Probably! We're just sayin' ...


Hannah Montana's Bag Pumped With Lead?


You may think that Miley Cyrus makes you ill for your own reasons, but one environmental-health watchdog says that some gear bearing her likeness and her Hannah Montana brand might pose a real health risk to kids.

According to a new report by the Center for Environment Health -- not a government agency, but a non-profit in Oakland -- five Chinese-made products in the Hannah Montana line were tested to have lead content in their paint, as much as 14 times the federal standard. Excessive lead content, leading to lead poisoning, has been known to cause irreversible neurological damage and kidney and heart disease -- much like Miley's music!

TMZ called the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ask if any of the products had been recalled, but haven't heard back yet. Nor have we heard from Miley's rep. Disney says, "We require all licensed producers of products using Disney characters to test their products and to comply with all applicable product safety laws and standards."

"Bachelor" Pumps Up!


Andy Baldwin"Bachelor" stud Lt. Andy Baldwin shocked and awed motorists in Hawaii on Wednesday -- by filling up his tank shirtless.

It should be illegal to flash your guns like this!

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