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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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You all are mean and cruel to print this trash. You don't even know this man or his grieving family. Whoever is responsible for printing this BS story is wrong and insensitive. Karma. Have some compassion for the family who lost someone they truly loved deeply. This man leaves behind a beautiful legacy. You really don't know half the stroy - even if you did, it doesn't mean it should be put on for show. Shame on you. Have a heart.

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God rest his soul

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