Producer of Leonardo DiCaprio movie dead in suspected suicide
August 30, 2012 | 4:30am
A movie producer was found dead in the Angeles National Forest after his car plunged off a mountain road.
Family members identified the man as producer Brian Gerber, who worked with Leonardo DiCaprio on the environmental film "11th Hour."
Gerber, whose producing credits include a number of documentaries, was reported missing Monday, according to authorities.
Authorities say they had been notified by his family that he was distraught and thinking of running his car off a cliff in the area.
Wednesday, deputies received a call about 6 a.m. about a crash near mile marker 31.
Investigators also found a suicide note nearby.
Family members issued the following statement on his Facebook page Wednesday:
"Our worst fears regarding Brian Gerber have been confirmed. Brian's family thanks you for all the condolences, good thoughts, prayers and asks for your patience and understanding during this most difficult of times. Obviously they are overwhelmed with this situation and are asking for privacy. We will be in touch as soon as arrangements have been made for services."
Gerber, 41, was one of the people behind the popular event Digital Hollywood. He is survived by two sons and his wife, actress Arabella Fields.
It's like lemmings out there. But that first comment to the article is horrible. What a pig.
I once hit a patch of Black Ice on the Angeles Crest Highway and was almost hurtled over the side of the cliff. The car did two 360s and when I got out I could see where the front of the car had cut two half-circles in the snow on the side of the road ... in other words, the front of the car actually swung out over the cliff. I will never forget it. 3 am. Bunch of friends in the car. I remember thinking nobody would ever find us. Poor guy. Wouldn't exhaust fumes in a locked garage been less horrifying?
Now if only Joel Silver and Scott Rudin can get suicide fantasies...
[quote] Wouldn't exhaust fumes in a locked garage been less horrifying?
The drawback there is you'd have to wait to pass out, knowing you could call it off at any time by running out of the garage. There's also the possibility you'll be discovered and rescued before you die. With driving over a cliff, once you've decided to do it there's no going back.
I recognized the name of his wife right away because I'm always watching Matthew Broderick's movie Godzilla when it's on cable and she had a fairly big part in it playing Hank Azaria's wife. Sad news for his wife and kids.
I believe suicide will become more and more prevalent as humans realize that life is utterly meaningless and there is no god to comfort us.
R13, her death is rumored to be a mafia killing isn't it? Maybe they got something on these people?
Actually, thinking about it, in Hollywood odd murders and suicides nothing new. William Desmond Taylor and George Reeves are two cases that come to mind. It could be the nature of the entertainment business attracts people who singular lives often make then susceptible to singular deaths.
Seems to me the CIA is busy again...making every death seem like a suicide or an accident. Are any of the dead people part of the Republican party?
I think murder is usually the cause and since the LA police department is always paid off...everything is either suicide or accident. That's just the way it is.
Why are there so many conspiracy nuts posting here?
The entertainment business attracts mentally unstable men. Think about it: most boys want to grow up to be active and smart men. They want to be athletes, firemen, doctors, etc.
What little boy dreams of being a screenwriter, or movie producer? Maybe a little boy who is too isolated and lacking in self-esteem.
I think men who become successful in the entertainment business eventually realize that they are in an emasculated field and they become depressed. They are not smart enough to go into medicine, or law, and not butch enough to be athletes or steel workers. There wives, who marry them for money and prestige, start to look at the garbage man with his big pecs and Mr. Hollywood producer senses this.
And these men killing themselves, leaving a wife and children, are cowardly in that way as well.
If you make it in Hollywood, it's kind of like winning the lottery. A lot of people want to be writers. I knew a guy who wrote for television, he had some lean years but he ended up making a lot of money and meeting a lot of stars and marrying a couple of beautiful women. When it works out, there's nothing better.
Some of the suicides might have something to do with money problems?
From the Kirchenbaum obit
[quote] After experiencing some success, he resumed his passion for harness racing and owned a number of horses
Compulsive gambler. Probably in a shitload of debt.
I always find it quite telling when people who are married commit suicide. The surviving spouse deserves as much blame as the person who committed suicide.
[quote] What little boy dreams of being a screenwriter, or movie producer? Maybe a little boy who is too isolated and lacking in self-esteem.
Jewish ones from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau County, NJ and CA. My partner is Jewish and his nephews (and nieces) are trying to write a screenplay or work on "script development," taking film studies classes, trying to be stand up comedians, filming bar mitzvahs and weddings as practice for being a film director or editor, etc.
They're also taking business classes so they can get an MBA if the film thing doesn't pan out.
Some of his relatives are in show biz in one way or another. One guy was an official PR filmmaker for the NBA, one guy works in PR for the Mets in radio and television, another is a radio deejay (who's taken deep cuts in pay the past few years), one guy owns a few movie theaters.
Nobody in his immediate family, however, is successful in any way at all.
Who the fuck bumped this thread?
What the hell is wrong with you?
R30, that is the MOST delusional thing I have ever read.