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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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121.

MikeR    

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...

705 days ago
122.

Sincerity    

I loved Tony Scott's movies. I don't agree with suicide but I understand why he chose to end his life with a HUGH "SPLASH"!!! He made big films and loved the "MEDIA BUZZ" it would create. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis!!!

705 days ago
123.

palermo    

Brain cancer is a horrible thing, he knew what he would be facing.

705 days ago
124.

Arod77$    

Too sad

705 days ago
125.

Boop    

I think we will be seeing a lot of people my age who choose to continue to remain in control of their lives.
We are the baby boomers. This is our effort: to control our lives, and more. He was sick, he chose his way. His family shouldn't be ashamed given the way our health care system in involved in these kinds of cases.

705 days ago
126.

eequihua    

Why does it seem that people who have everything never seem to recieve all the blessings and want to die, on the other hand something created by them wants to survive ?
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705 days ago
127.

eequihua    

Why does it seem that people who have everything never seem to recieve all the blessings and want to die, on the other hand something created by them wants to survive ?
102 pacific north street oceanside ca (charlie's House)

705 days ago
128.

Captain Crunch    

Actually it wasn't a suicide.

His Prius broke down, and when he started walking across the bridge he slipped on a banana peel.

705 days ago
129.

anon    

R.I.P. Mr. Tony Scott.

705 days ago
130.

OU812    

damn and he was due to annouce a sequel to Bridges of Madison County. Well at least we still have Ridley so things are not Scott Free yet.

704 days ago
131.

Missdove    

I am sorry this happened but there's nothing anybody can or could do. When someone is suicidal they will do it at sometime when no one is watching. Maybe only he knew why. Acceptance is the only answer for those left. Those who ponder and wish they could have done something.

703 days ago
132.

BlondyVanWeirden    

What a selfish bastard to do this to his wife and two little kids. Now watch his widow play hell trying to collect on his life insurance. They don't pay out on suicides.

701 days ago
133.

Flabio    

BUT THE DIRTY RED BASEBALL CAP LIVES FOREVER ! !

700 days ago
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