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Suicide Victim on Mel's Property in Movie Biz

3/20/2008 5:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the man who committed suicide on Mel Gibson's property was a construction foreman on a number of movie sets, including "The Matrix Reloaded," and "Dr. Dolittle 2," "Star Trek: Nemesis," and "Karate Kid II."

We're told the victim is Michael John Van Dyke. Van Dyke was 48-years-old, and was listed as a prop foreman for the remake of "Psycho."

Sources say Van Dyke was a long-time friend of the contractor hired on Gibson's property and was going through financial troubles. He had no connection to Gibson.

We've learned Michael went through a messy, protracted divorce a few years ago. People who worked with him on the "Star Trek: Nemesis" set say he was in desperate financial shape. His ex-wife is a hair stylist for movies.

Van Dyke had a twin brother, Robert, who also works construction in the film business.

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1.

It' OK Buddy    

Let's see you all behave like Asses now.

I was disgusted before.

2372 days ago
2.

Carolyn A-B    

I'm glad to hear that it's now Gibson's property and not his "compound."

2372 days ago
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ATLchick    

He committed suicide, he isn't a 'victim'.

2372 days ago
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Mikey    

KARATE KID II - WOW!

AT LEAST HE HAD A TWIN SO THERE IS ONE LEFT............

2372 days ago
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Mikey    

He's the victim and the perpetrator!

2372 days ago
6.

Helen    

You must hate your life immensely to kill yourself in someone else's property/compound. :-( Better pay for propmen!!!

2372 days ago
7.

Sassinya    

Now I AM DISGUSTING er .. DISGUSTED :P

2372 days ago
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j9    

Dumb bitch killed the poor guy. REFORM DIVORCE LAWS NOW!!

2372 days ago
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FlBiker    

I've heard of hanging around the jobsite, but this is too much.

2372 days ago
10.

nancy    

Anyone watch SOUTH PARK last night and see how they skewered people like TMZ for their sadistic treatment of Britney Spears? And also condemned all the voyeurs and sick paps and gossip mongers for torturing her?

All of these people were depicted as Children of the Corn. Evil, venal, sick. Right on, South Park!

Interesting too that TMZ hasn't mentioned the show. Gee, something on Britney they haven't commented on? Or are they sitting around trying to figure out how to give it a negative spin and say it was critical of HER?

2372 days ago
11.

Tyra Banks    

FIBiker: BWAAAAAHAAAAAA!!!! You ain't right.

2372 days ago
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Jennie    

God rest his soul, and my sympathies to his family and friends. And, yes, you morons, he WAS A VICTIM. Christ.

2372 days ago
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FlBiker    

How many of us have wanted to hang our construction contractor? Mel just let the other contractors know he means business, get the job done on time/under budget or else!

2372 days ago
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GEB    

That is a sad case though. There is a whole lot of people who's faces are nto put their names in the mive buisness. I guess what goes on behind the scenes isn't has told nearly as much, except when award season coems around. And durign the Oscar's, Emmy's, SAG's,a dn Grammy's. Is when they get in the spotlight. Sad case though, thougths and prayers with the family.

2372 days ago
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Rico    

or was he a keffer?

2372 days ago
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