'Top Gun' Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide

UPDATE: ABC News reports that Tony Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. This evening, Deadline is reporting that the director did not have brain cancer.

 

Sad news to wrap up the weekend as world renowned and respected director Tony Scott has died after jumping off a bridge.

The 68-year-old Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island around 12:30 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osbourn said a suicide note was found in Scott’s Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

Authorities used sonar equipment to find Scott’s body in the murky water. His body was recovered at around 4:30 p.m.

Scott helmed many well-known films including Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, True Romance, Crimson Tide and The Last Boy Scout, among others. His most recent film featured Denzel Washington and Chris Pine in Unstoppable.

Scott was in production on Emma’s War, a drama about a British aid worker in the Sudan who marries a warlord bent on controlling the country.

Over the course of his career, Scott won an Emmy for the 2002 made-for-TV movie The Gathering Storm and was awarded the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 1995.

Scott was the brother of director Ridley Scott. The two shared producing credits on several films and CBS dramas (The Good Wife and NUMB3RS).

We offer our condolences to Tony Scott’s family and friends following this tragic death.

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