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 AM: People 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:
Beverly Hills Cop II
Days of Thunder
The Last Boy Scout
Enemy of the State
Man on Fire
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3