Update: Update: Contrary to the report by Sky News, Donna Scott, Tony Scott’s wife, said that he did not have brain cancer. He jumped to his death in full view of boaters. He apparently left a list of people to notify of his death in his car. He also left a suicide note in his home listing the reasons he was going to kill himself.
Update: A likely reason for Tony Scott’s tragic suicide has emerged: According to Sky News, Tony Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
According to Sky News:
British film-maker Tony Scott leapt to his death after discovering he had inoperable brain cancer, according to reports.
A source close to the Top Gun director said he had found out about the diagnosis before killing himself by jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles, Fox News reported.
Scott, the younger brother of producer Ridley Scott, was seen parking his car on the Vincent Thomas Bridge before scaling an 8ft-10ft fence and jumping into the water below at about 12:30pm local time on Sunday.
The 68-year-old’s body was recovered by divers around four hours later after sonar equipment was used to locate it in the murky water. His death is not being treated as suspicious…
Original Story: Known for numerous hit movies as “Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, True Romance, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Talking of Pelham 123” and others, Tony Scott jumped to his death yesterday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in LA County.
He was a co-producer with his brother, Ridley Scott, on the TV show Numbers and The Good Wife. They recently completed Coma, a TV medical thriller.
Tony Scott left behind his two sons and wife Donna. There was a suicide note in his office but the contents are unknown. Some reports say the note was found in his Prius.
Born Anthony D.L. Scott in North Shields, England, in 1944, Tony — as he was known — got his start as a teenager in front of the camera, starring in his older brother Ridley Scott’s film “Boy and Bicycle.” In 1995, the two joined forces to create the production company, Scott Free Productions.
Simon Halls, a publicist who represents the Scott brothers, confirmed the death.
“The family asks for privacy during this time,” Halls said.
Tony Scott became a household name in 1986 as director of the mega-hit “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. He followed that up with the Eddie Murphy action movie, “Beverly Hills Cop II” in 1987.
Actor Michael Rapaport, who was directed by Scott in “True Romance,” took to Twitter to praise the director. In one post, he said there hasn’t been a day since the movie was released in 1993 that someone doesn’t tell him how much they loved the movie.
“Tony Scott was a sweet enthusiastic & lovin man,” Rapaport wrote…Continue reading at CNN, linked above