Tony Scott, the director of such beloved classics as Top Gun and Days of Thunder, was found dead today after jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro earlier this afternoon, an apparent suicide. Investigators found a note, which was left in his Prius on the bridge.
Scott, aged 68, is famous for making numerous action films, dramas, and the action comedy Beverly Hills Cop II. He's also the brother of director Ridley Scott.
What prompted Scott to take his life is unclear, but he leaves a large body of work behind including Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, and True Romance (full filmography here).
The contents of the note and reasoning for his suicide are, as of yet, unclear. Here are responses from around the web:
Tony Scott was so good he could even make the gas guys on a carrier look boss as hell: youtube.com/watch?v=u4wRpx…— edsbs (@edsbs) August 20, 2012
Ridley Scott's brother Tony who was one of BMW's directors of The Driver series (starring Clive Owen) has died after jumping from a bridge.— JeanKnowsCars (@JeanKnowsCars) August 20, 2012
I am oddly broken up about Tony Scott.— Alex Pareene (@pareene) August 20, 2012
UPDATE: He had an inoperable brain tumor)
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