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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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212 COMMENTS

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91.

Mike    

Why do we always assume he needed psychiatric help? Sometimes, psychiatry has no bearing on what is... what it is that causes so much pain. Why do people always assume the only reason one would commit suicide is being broke? There are millions of homeless people who get up everyday.... and reach old age.

694 days ago
92.

Truth    

HE WAS EXEC. PRODUCER OF THE GOOD WIFE FROM THE BEGINNING... CANT BE ALL THAT BROKE, JUST SAYIN. #TRUTH!!

694 days ago
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Adriano de Almeida Carvalho    

It´s so sad, I really like his films... R.I.P. :(

694 days ago
94.

Pat    

How sad.

693 days ago
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seamus     

I have to admitt I laughed at some of these posts, but seriously this is sad. Depression that is so bad that you committ suicide is indescribable. It is a living hell and unless you have experienced the hopelessness yourself it is difficult to comprehend. Prayers to his family. RIP Mr. Scott.

693 days ago
96.

yruso?    

tiffc.......words fail, you really are the Lowest common denominator in the food chain....whatever happened that turned you into what you are, im sorry. get some help

693 days ago
97.

Janise Grubber    

He got his wish to fly way up high where the eagles fly, just like in Top Gum

693 days ago
98.

Sharon    

The number of tasteless, insensitive remarks on this site is appalling. This is a tragic loss for the film community and for his family. How very sad.

693 days ago
99.

don't read fabricated news    

Didn't several witnesses see him? Or passersby? Who are these witnesses? He didn't jump, he fell or was pushed or thrown. Hello in there, is there anyone home in your head that thinks rationally instead of believing everything you read right away?

693 days ago
100.

Isay    

Any body know why he did it?

693 days ago
101.

Gunter    

Tony is dead? Maybe he just saw 'Prometheus'.

693 days ago
102.

Bard    

This is terrible news. He made the best movies in Hollywood, why Tony, Why.?

693 days ago
103.

fer    

such a amazing film maker, Top Gun, you know, that film change my life, my way of see things, now i can drive any airplane,

693 days ago
104.

Elixis    

I hate to add to the conspiracy theorists but now THIS ONE definately smells illumiati.

693 days ago
105.

Liz    

I read the CNN breaking news email on my phone and my reaction was What the hell? Wow. He had inoperable brain cancer.

693 days ago
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