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Producer Brian Gerber Commits Suicide By Driving Off Angeles Crest Highway
UPDATE 1:53 PM: A Facebook post indicates family of Brian Gerber have been informed the producer did in fact take his own life on Angeles Crest Highway:
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.
Friends and associates of film producer Brian Gerber have been spreading the word on Facebook about the man's disappearance, however there is suspicion the 41-year-old committed suicide.
Gerber, whose producing credits include numerous documentaries, was reported missing Monday, August 27 at around 4 p.m.
A photo of Gerber posted on Facebook includes the following message about his disappearance:
He was last seen driving a silver 2004 Toyota Prius, CA license place # 5HYJ828 and his phone was possibly last pinged off a cell tower in Cudahy, CA (south eastern LA county). We’re asking for any information, if you’ve seen Brian, or heard from him in the last 24 hours, please contact the police, Detective in charge of Missing Persons Case #121116763, Detective Saiza, or Officer Moyers or Lt. Menza, LAPD Northeast Division 323-344-5701.
According to TheWrap, however, sources told the site that Gerber was last seen on Sunday, and left a suicide note. "Those same sources said the police have found Gerber's car in the Los Angeles Crest, but police would not officially confirm out of concern for Gerber's family."
City News Service reports this morning that a person was found dead today in the Angeles National Forest, where a vehicle went down an embankment a few miles north of La Canada Flintridge. No information about that body or the vehicle has been released, and it is not clear if authorities suspect the deceased Gerber.
In regards to the Angeles Crest incident, L.A. Now notes that "the Montrose Search and Rescue team found the body of the man in his early 40s," adding: "No drugs or alcohol were found, said Lt. Angela Shepherd of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Crescenta Valley station."
Gerber, who also was one of the people behind the popular event Digital Hollywood, has two sons with his wife, actress Arabella Fields.
Also: LAist's coverage of Digital Hollywood
Editor's note: The headline of this post was changed to reflect the updated information.