Tony Scott, Director of “Top Gun,” Commits Suicide Jumping Off Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles
Aug 20, 2012 10:32 AM EDT
The Director of "Top Gun" and "The Taking of Pelham 123," Tony Scott died Sunday afternoon by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. The British director was 68.
According to the Los Angeles County coroner's officials, Scott was seen climbing on the bridge that connects San Pedro, Los Angeles with the Terminal Island "without hesitation" according to the Contra Costatimes at 12.30 on Sunday. Several people dialed 911 to report the jump.
Police discovered a paper in Scott's car black Toyota Prius/ According to Lt. Tim Nordquist, the piece of paper contained contact information and a suicide note. However, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said that there is undergoing investigation to confirm suicide.
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Simon Halls, Spokesman of the Director released a statement to the New York Times saying, "I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time."
Throughout his career span, Scott has delivered some blockbuster hits including the iconic "Top Gun" in 1986 starring Tom Cruise, which was the top grossing movie of that year making a whopping $176 million. In addition Scott can be accredited to movies like "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Beverly Hills Cops II" (1987), "The Taking of Pelham 123"(2009), "Crimson Tide" (1995) and "The Unstoppable" (2010).
Scott was also executive producer of hit TV shows such as "The Good Wife" (2009-2012) and "Number3s" (2009-2010).
Scott is the younger brother of Sir Ridley Scott, famed movie director of films such as "Gladiator" (2000), "American Gangster" (2007) and most recently "Prometheus" (2012).