Sad news for fans of film.
“Top Gun” director Tony Scott, the younger brother of filmmaker Ridley Scott, killed himself Sunday by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles.
Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning Los Angeles Harbor and jumped “without hesitation,” plunging 185 feet to his death, officials said.
A note was found in Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, according to the Los Angeles Times. That note listed contact information – a suicide note was later found at his office.
Police and Coast Guard used sonar equipment to find Scott’s body in the murky waters. Divers fished the body from the harbor about three hours after his death plunge.
Scott apparently parked his car in the eastbound lanes of the 6,060-foot-long bridge, scaled the barrier fence and leaped.
He and his brother, Ridley, had recently finished a two- part medical thriller titled “Coma” that stars Ellen Burstyn and is set to be released next month on the A&E network.
The Scott brothers also co-produced the hit CBS dramas “NUMB3RS” and “The Good Wife.”
Born in North Shields, England, Scott started out as a television commercial director.
He got his big break making feature films in 1975, when he directed an adaptation of a Henry James story “The Author of Beltraffio” for French television.
In 1986, Scott directed the blockbuster “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise as a fighter pilot. He went on to direct a string of hits, including “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Days of Thunder,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “True Romance,” “Crimson Tide” and the remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123.”
Scott is survived by his third wife, actress Donna Scott, the mother of his two young sons.
The 6,060-foot Vincent Thomas Bridge rises 185 feet at its highest point above the Los Angeles Harbor. Many have taken their lives by jumping from the span.
The bridge has been used in many films, including “Charlie’s Angels,” ”Gone in 60 Seconds” and “The Fast and the Furious.”
This is such a sad and terrible thing to report, particularly since we are fans of his work. “True Romance” has to be one of our all time favorite films.
Our condolences to his family and friends.