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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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31.

OhCrap    

Illegal! OhCrap, now on top of killing himself, he now faces jail. LIFES A BITCH!

2407 days ago
32.

Alexa    

File for bankrupcy. Nobody should commit suicide over money.

2407 days ago
33.

yadda yadda    

if he killed himself how is he the victim? He was a selfish man who was too scared to face up to his problems, what ever they were and ruin (at least put a fork in) the lives of others. I did say a prayer for the family when I first read about this but the more I think about it the more angry I get!

2407 days ago
34.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

IF MEL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT , WHY EVEN PUT HIS NAME OR PICTURE ON HERE ..............

PEOPLE BETTER WISE UP AND START LIVING WITHIN THERE MEANS , STOP SPENDING

AND START SAVING $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE ...................INSTEAD OF HAVING ONE TRADE , START

HAVING 3 OR 4 , THIS WAY , IF ONE TRADE ISN'T DOING GOOD ( REAL ESTATE ) , THAN YOU CAN DO THE

OTHERS............WHERE YOU'RE MAKING MORE MONEY......................

2407 days ago
35.

tcool316    

this site didn't have the guts to post my previous comment, there was no vulgarity, I merely bashed the site for callous reporting, what a self serving piece of crap site

2407 days ago
36.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

#32,,,,,,,,,,,,,,YOU BETTER DO YOUR HOMEWORK, YOU WILL FOUND OUT

YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY THE BILLS OFF ................THERE'S A NEW SET

OF RULES WITH BANKUPT ...........................

OVER 70% OF PEOPLE IN USA , HAVING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS .......

SO WORSE THAN OTHERS...................

IT'S AT A POINT , PEOPLE WILL ONLY PAY THERE BILLS ,

THERE WILL NOT BE EXTRA FOR SPENDING MONEY FOR

SNOWBALL EFFECT .....................

GOING TO THE MOVIES , OUT TO EAT ,ETCCCCC

IT'S GOING TO EFFECT EVERYONE , ALREADY BEEN SAID ON "NEWS " .

START SAVING AND STOP SPENDING ...................

2407 days ago
37.

Cynthia    

FlBiker YOU ARE TOOOO FUNNY YOU NEED TO BE ON SHOW AND GIVE COMMENTS LIKE THAT ALL DAY LONG

2407 days ago
38.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

#32,,,,,,,,,,,,,,YOU BETTER DO YOUR HOMEWORK, YOU WILL FOUND OUT

YOU HAVE TO PAY THE BILLS OFF ................THERE'S A NEW SET

OF RULES WITH BANKUPT ...........................

OVER 70% OF PEOPLE IN USA , HAVING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS .......

SOME WORSE THAN OTHERS...................

IT'S AT A POINT , PEOPLE WILL ONLY PAY THERE BILLS ,

THERE WILL NOT BE EXTRA GOING TO THE MOVIES , OUT TO EAT ,ETCCCCC

IT'S GOING TO EFFECT EVERYONE , ALREADY BEEN SAID ON "NEWS " .

START SAVING AND STOP SPENDING ...................

2407 days ago
39.

Sassinya    

OH HUSH UP 37, 35 and 34 .. get over yourself .. pahlease

2407 days ago
40.

All American Girl    

Yeah---Kinda rude to hang yourself in someone elses home!

2407 days ago
41.

Diana    

We can certainly see the bias of TMZ and AOL. Could they POSSIBLY have found a worse picture of Mel Gibson?

2407 days ago
42.

That explains things!    

What ever happened to filing bankruptcy and starting anew??????

2407 days ago
43.

MOM    

committing suicide is a very selfish act

2407 days ago
44.

Firerocket    

I quess the place is going to be totally haunted and spooky,call in the priest Mel for house exorcism.People if you hate life that much and have to sign out before your time,do it the privacy of your own home,nobody needs to see that crap.

2407 days ago
45.

Harry Armen    

You stories about Mel is fabricated and unfounded

2407 days ago
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