LA's Daily Breeze
is reporting (and now confirmed by other outlets) that director Tony Scott jumped to his death on Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island.
According to the Los Angeles County coroner's officials, Scott (68) climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off "without hesitation" around 12:30 p.m.
Investigators found a note in Scott's black Toyota Prius which listed contact information. A suicide note was later found at his office.
A spokesman for the Scott family said: "I can confirm that Mr. Scott has indeed passed away. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time."
Scott is known for directing such films as Top Gun
, Beverly Hills Cop II
, Days of Thunder
, The Last Boy Scout
, True Romance
, Crimson Tide
, Enemy of the State
, Spy Game
, Man on Fire
, Deja Vu
, The Taking of Pelham 123
and most recently, Unstoppable
Scott and his older brother, Ridley Scott, also produced films and such TV dramas as "Numb3rs" and "The Good Wife." The pair recently wrapped "Coma," a four-hour, two-night medical thriller starring Ellen Burstyn set for release next month on A&E.
Scott was married to actress Donna Scott. They have twin sons.
UPDATE #1: ABC News
is reporting that "Tony Scott, director of 'Top Gun,' 'Days of Thunder' and 'Crimson Tide,' had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News."
We're not sure who ABC News's source was, but TMZ
is now reporting that Tony Scott did NOT have brain cancer or any other severe medical issues that would have caused him to take his own life.
The Los Angeles County coroner's officials said today that the notes Tony Scott left behind for family and friends did not give a motive why he would commit suicide and made no mention of any health issues.
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