Underworld figure Mick Gatto’s son, Justin, had reportedly been suffering from personal problems before he was found dead next to an apartment building in Melbourne’s CBD.
Justin Gatto had been holidaying in Bali in the lead up to his death, Herald Sun reported.
The 34-year-old from Docklands is believed to have died near an apartment on Spencer Street just after midnight on Tuesday.
It remains a mystery why Mr Gatto was near the building on the night of his death.
Justin Gatto (pictured) had been holidaying in Bali in the lead up to his death
Underworld figure Mick Gatto’s son, Justin Gatto (pictured), has been found dead next to an apartment building in Melbourne ‘s CBD
In a statement, police said he fell from an apartment building balcony on Spencer Street in Melbourne (pictured) overnight
A Facebook post made my Justin Gatto in the past reveals that he may have been struggling to cope.
A picture posted by Mr Gatto in 2013 reads: ‘Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.’
In a statement Victoria Police said: ‘Police will prepare a report for the Coroner after a man fell from an apartment building balcony on Spencer Street over night.
‘The incident happened just after midnight with the 34-year-old man dying at the scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious.’
It’s unclear what Mr Gatto was doing near the building, but his brother owns a construction company nearby, The Herald Sun reported.
Investigators are preparing a report for the coroner.
A Facebook post made my Justin Gatto in 2013 suggest that he could have been in a fragile state of mind
This is the last photo Justin Gatto (left) posted on Facebook on October 22
The apartment block near where Justin Gatto was believed to have died
Close friends of the Gatto family declined to comment on the circumstances of his death, The Australian reported.
Another family friend requested privacy and respect for the Gatto family during this difficult time while another one man who knows the family told The Herald Sun they would be ‘shattered’.
Friends took to social media on Tuesday afternoon to express their condolences.
‘R.I.P brother so sad. You will be missed my friend,’ one wrote.
Justin Gatto (pictured, centre) with his friends at the races. In a statement Victoria Police said: ‘Police will prepare a report for the Coroner after a man fell from an apartment building balcony on Spencer Street over night’
Justin worked at his father’s crane company as a rigger.
In 2008, he narrowly escaped death in a horror car crash which saw him end up intensive care.
A court heard he lost control of his BMW and crashed head-on into an oncoming four-wheel-drive following a long day at work. His licence was suspended for a month.
Justin was the youngest of Mick and wife Cheryle’s four children.
His father had written an autobiography I, Mick Gatto, where he wrote that he would always be grateful for the work of the Royal Children’s Hospital, where Justin was born two months premature.
Justin Gatto, pictured with sister-in-law Fiona, has been found dead in Melbourne
Back in 2008, Justin (pictured) narrowly escaped death in a horror car crash
Mick Gatto was the leader of the infamous ‘Carlton Crew.’
In 2004 he was acquitted of the murder of suspected hitman Andrew ‘Benji’ Veniamin, with a jury ruling Gatto had acted in self-defence when he shot Veniamin, who had threatened to kill him.
Later in 2016, Gatto pleaded guilty to two charges over keeping an unregistered shotgun and ammunition in his home.
They were found in a cavity behind a cabinet in an ensuite of his Lower Plenty home in Melbourne.
Justin (right) was the youngest child of Mick Gatto (left) and his wife Cheryle
Justin’s father, Mick Gatto (pictured) was the leader of the infamous ‘Carlton Crew’
At the time, the court heard Gatto was given the gun in 2005 from another underworld figure Mario Condello after he was acquitted over the death of Andrew Veniamin.
Magistrates Carolene Gwynn accepted Gatto had a genuine fear for his safety, but said it wasn’t an excuse.
A former boxer and debt collector, Gatto now works professionally as a mediator in the building sector.
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