What absolutely terrible news to start the week with. Tony Scott was a director whose work defined our lexicon of movies. He was responsible for films like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Days of Thunder and so many more. He was also the younger brother of filmmaker Ridley Scott, with whom he ran a very successful TV production company. It’s so awful having to refer to him in past tense, now, because Tony committed suicide yesterday by jumping off Vincent Thomas Bridge at around 12:30 p.m. Numerous people called 911 around 12:35 p.m. to report that someone had jumped from the bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor. While the reasons why have not as yet been revealed to us, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. Jennifer Osburn found a sort of a suicide note in his Toyota Prius, which he had parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge before jumping. Another suicide letter was found in his office later on.
UPDATE: ABC News sites a source close to Scott as saying the director had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
The 68-year-old director’s body was only found around 4:30 p.m., after a dive team had to use sonar equipment to locate it. Like we said, no news as to why he took such a drastic step, or what pushed him into ending his life. Scott leaves behind a wife, Donna Scott, and twin sons. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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