New information has been revealed about what may have motivated director Tony Scott’s decision to leap from a Los Angeles bridge:
Tony Scott, director of “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder” and “Crimson Tide,” had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News.
The famed director died Sunday after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles, authorities said.
Police said they received a 911 call at about 12:30 p.m. that an individual had jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The body was recovered around 3 p.m., when it was identified by authorities as Scott, according to Lt. Joseph Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.
The Coroner’s Office found several notes to loved ones in Scott’s car, a spokesman told The Associated Press. A suicide note was later found at his office, according to the AP.
“I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time,” Scott’s spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement, according to the AP.
Scott was the younger brother of producer and director Ridley Scott. Together, the brothers formed their own production company, Scott Free Productions. Their company produced the CBS dramas “NUMB3RS” and “The Good Wife.”The 2012 blockbuster “Prometheus” was the latest film released by their production company.
Other Tony Scott films include “True Romance,” written by Quentin Tarantino, “The Fan,” with Robert De Niro, and “Enemy of the State,” starring Will Smith.
In a tweet Sunday, director Ron Howard said, “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.”
“Most of the obits for Tony Scott will mention “Top Gun” first, but my favorite will always be “True Romance.” RIP,” tweeted film critic Richard Roeper.
This story is so sad. Tony Scott will definitely be missed.
If you were suffering from terminal cancer, would you ever consider taking your own life?