Shocking news from Los Angeles today:  Tony Scott—director of such action-based films as Top Gun, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Unstoppable, among many others—committed suicide on Sunday by jumping to his death off of a bridge in Los Angeles.  UPDATES BELOW.

According to the L.A. County Coroner, Tony Scott, 68 (brother to fellow director Ridley Scott), jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which reaches between San Pedro and Terminal Island.  The jump took place at 12:30 PM

TMZ notes that a note was found in Scott’s vehicle, a Toyota Prius, which was parked on a lane running eastbound on the bridge.  A suicide note was later found in Scott’s office.

It took authorities four hours to locate Scott’s body with the use of sonar equipment, recovering him at approximately 4:30 PM.  TMZ notes that he has since been turned over to coroner officials.

No reason has yet been released concerning Scott’s motive for committing suicide.

UPDATE, Monday 10:00 AMPeople Magazine reports that Tony Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

UPDATE, Monday 4:45 PM: TMZ is now reporting that Scott’s family has denied that the director had been diagnosed with brain cancer, or any other debilitating disease for that matter.

More on this sad news as it develops.

Tony Scott filmography:

The Hunger

Top Gun

Beverly Hills Cop II


Days of Thunder

The Last Boy Scout

True Romance

Crimson Tide

The Fan

Enemy of the State

Spy Game

Man on Fire


Déjà Vu

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3