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Director Tony Scott

Commits Suicide

Jumps Off L.A. Bridge

8/19/2012 8:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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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Truly sad for his family and friends. I have to wonder if he was sick with something that was terminal.

795 days ago


his comeback was a big splash......... unfortunately....

795 days ago


There was a do***entary on the SF Golden Gate Bridge on people that jumped from the bridge. They interviewed some who survived and a couple said as soon as they jumped the regretted it. So you never know.....

795 days ago


He heard his brother was making a sequel to Prometheus! Too soon?

795 days ago


Super successful director taking his own life??!? Doesn't make sense...I'd be happy as hell if I lived his life

795 days ago


suicide is never the can't come back from's to late to confess. your sins you killed yourself....basicley when you do that your saying god gave his only son for can be forgiven for anything but that..........all your doing is hurting the ones who love you......

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795 days ago


Wow.... I heard something like he had brain cancer or something. Unsubstantiated, of course. Just what I heard. RIP, Tony. Won't be able to watch Top Gun without thiniking about you, man.

795 days ago


My Heart goes to Donna and her beloved sons Frank and Max (found this bio about her if you are interested), So sad new, He was an amazing director!

795 days ago


which reason is so bad, that u take your life? may he had a good reason, but...just rest in peace man!

795 days ago

Ron Anderson    

Ridley Scott and Tony Scott had an elder brother who passed away in 1980-1981 by cancer. This might be a large reason why Tony Scott choose to take his life in the way that he did. It's such a tragedy that he ended it this way. Back in 1981, after the death of their oldest brother at the age of 45, Ridley Scott drowned himself in work by accepting to direct Blade Runner. It became a cinematic masterpiece.

I'm sure because of watching their eldest brother died of cancer, it was a large reason Tony chose to go out the way that he did. He was a gifted Director who inspired many other directors including Michael Bay, Peter Berg, and Oliver Stone. He will be missed.

795 days ago


So sad!! Rest In God's Peace, Tony.

795 days ago


He had inoperable brain cancer... Painful, no chance but to suffer, and have all those he loved suffer also.. But a bridge? May god give rest to his soul.

795 days ago


He apparently had an inoperable brain tumor

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What a curious and odd way of going. I can understand his wanting to forgo the pain of brain cancer and a terrible death.. but that is a horrible way to do it. So 'public'.. such a mess. Having to fish his body out etc.. not very thoughtful. Personally I would rather go out quietly and not cause a scene like that. ie. pills. Go in your sleep.. no mess and painless. Just sayin...

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