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Director Tony Scott Jumps to Death from Bridge

Tony Scott, director of Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire, Déjà Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable, took his own life in San Pedro, California, Movieline reports:

Scott"Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off 'without hesitation' around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner's Department and port police... A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge," reported The Daily Breeze. Earlier in the day reports of a man jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge hit the web, although Scott's identity was not confirmed until later Sunday evening.

Scott, who had recently produced brother Ridley Scott's Prometheus, had a number of upcoming films in production including Chan-wook Park's Stoker, Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace, and Ridley's Prometheus 2. The Scott brothers also produced the TV series Coma, which is set to debut September 4.

Scott is the younger brother of director Ridley Scott.

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  1. Oh this is AWFUL! I wonder what was going on in his life to drive him to make such a decision. My partner speculated that perhaps he received a terminal diagnosis. It's certainly a possibility.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Aug 20, 2012 12:58:49 AM


  2. Sad. I live in LA and always wonder whether creative people have a mental issues that makes them do this. Not always easy to say people that commit suicide are "selfish" as their dark times are so bad many times that they see suicide as their only way out.

    So very sad. Prayers for healing for friends and family of this film director.

    Posted by: FunMe | Aug 20, 2012 1:17:46 AM


  3. Sad. I live in LA and always wonder whether creative people have a mental issues that makes them do this. Not always easy to say people that commit suicide are "selfish" as their dark times are so bad many times that they see suicide as their only way out.

    So very sad. Prayers for healing for friends and family of this film director.

    Posted by: FunMe | Aug 20, 2012 1:17:46 AM


  4. He was an understated director, especially for the impact he had on action films.

    Posted by: Nat | Aug 20, 2012 4:03:36 AM


  5. Sad.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 20, 2012 7:14:56 AM


  6. And the public is left wondering: cancer diagnosis, break-up, or depression?

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Aug 20, 2012 7:45:52 AM


  7. Brain cancer

    Posted by: Kim | Aug 20, 2012 8:14:29 AM


  8. For me he was first and foremost the director of everybody's favoirte lesbian vampire movie "The Hunger."

    He left several notes behind, so we'll find out why this happened sooner or later.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 20, 2012 8:30:21 AM


  9. My heartfelt condolences to his brother Ridley, family and friends. This is tragic.

    Posted by: mickyflip | Aug 20, 2012 11:29:54 AM


  10. They actually found the suicide note in his office. In his car he left contact information.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 20, 2012 1:04:10 PM


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