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Producer of Leonardo DiCaprio movie dead in suspected suicide

August 30, 2012 |  4:30 am

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.

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-- KTLA TV Channel 5
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