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Director Tony Scott

Commits Suicide

Jumps Off L.A. Bridge

8/19/2012 8:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Famed director Tony Scott -- who directed "Top Gun" among many other major films -- jumped to his death today off an L.A. bridge ... this according to the L.A. County Coroner.

According to the Coroner, 68-year-old Scott -- Ridley Scott's brother -- jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island around 12:30pm.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn said a suicide note was found in Scott's Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

Scott directed such films as "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Enemy of the State," and "The Taking of Pelham 123."

Authorities used sonar equipment to find Scott's body in the port's murky waters. His body was recovered at approximately 4:30pm ... four hours after he jumped.

His body has since been turned over to coroner officials.

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16.

Smokie    

Damn, that sucks!

734 days ago
17.

Arnie    

A Toyota Prius? I'd kill myself too if I owned one.

734 days ago
18.

TiffC    

So, that's a 'before' picture I'm guessing?

734 days ago
19.

Tom    

My condolences to his family. I enjoyed all his movies immensely. Top Gun is still great today.

734 days ago
20.

alex93    

I was actually at the San Pedro harbor taking a tour of the US Naval ships and as we went to the loading deck around 12:15 am, our Tour was interrupted by the sirens of the Coast Guard and Harbor Police racing towards the bridge. Most of us thought that maybe a ship's engine had stalled in the middle of the harbor and needed an emergency tow but unfortunately the reason was much more severe. I asked the Sea Cadet next to me who at the time was gazing thru a pair of binoculars if he knew what happened, he whispered, "someone jumped" Such a sad thing that happened on such a beautiful day at the LA Harbor. Suicide is never the answer, nonetheless RIP

734 days ago
21.

Jael    

That's just horrible news to hear. I was using the Vincent Thomas Bridge to get to Long Beach just this afternoon. Had I been on it half an hour later, I would have caught that horrible scene.

734 days ago
22.

myopinion    

wow... so sad, things could not have been that bad to take your life.

RIP

734 days ago
23.

LDB    

He was still grieving over Tomkats divorce m

734 days ago
24.

alex93    

I was actually at the San Pedro harbor taking a tour of the US Naval ships and as we went to the loading deck around 12:15 am, our Tour was interrupted by the sirens of the Coast Guard and Harbor Police racing towards the bridge. Most of us thought that maybe a ship's engine had stalled in the middle of the harbor and needed an emergency tow but unfortunately the reason was much more severe. I asked the Sea Cadet next to me who at the time was gazing thru a pair of binoculars if he knew what happened, he whispered, "someone jumped" Such a sad thing that happened on such a beautiful day at the LA Harbor. Suicide is never the answer, nonetheless RIP

734 days ago
25.

Mason H    

R.I.P. At least your pain is over, it's just sad that you couldn't find peace while you were still alive. Your memory will live on in the great movies you left for us. My heart goes out to your family and Ridley.

734 days ago
26.

Treklimr    

This is so sad. I pray he now rests in peace.

733 days ago
27.

JimmydeansausageCo.    

I think something was closing in, or something personal was about to come out.

This is a take something to your grave kind of action. I hope I'm wrong.

Never know with these veterans.

733 days ago
28.

Arnie    

You can see it in his eyes in that picture:
"You take ONE MORE fricken PICTURE of me... and I'm gonna JUMP!"

733 days ago
29.

Soamazing    

That bridge is very high. Wonder if he pondered and who saw him. It was afternoon. RIP

733 days ago
30.

Kay    

I can't believe how many stupid, heartless and sicko comments I'm seeing here and everywhere else on the web about Tony and his death. Nobody knows why he did this yet and maybe we never will. For someone to go as far as to end their life implies a drastic problem in their life - depression, illness, persecution or whatever else we cannot imagine. Have some heart people, quit the jokes and just have some empathy for him and sympathy for his family instead of making dumbass jokes and catty comments. Heck, maybe that's why he died - sick of a heartless world.

733 days ago
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