UPDATE: TOP GUN & TRUE ROMANCE Director Tony Scott Dies in Suicide; Recently Diagnosed with Brain Cancer
Published: August 20, 2012 - 8:43am
It is being reported the famous British filmmaker and younger brother to Ridley Scott (Prometheus) has died near his home in Los Angeles, California, after jumping off a bridge in an apparent suicide attempt.
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office has confirmed to The Wrap that Tony Scott, director of such popular films as Top Gun, Days of Thunder, True Romance, The Last Boyscout, Crimson Tide and Man on Fire, died tonight after jumping off of the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beach. It is also reported that a suicide note was found by police inside of his Toyota Prius.
68-year old Scott recently acted as executive producer on this year's survival thriller The Grey and was prepping to release the two-part, sci-fi A&E miniseries Coma under he and his brother's production company banner Scott Free Productions.
He is survived by his wife Donna Scott and twin sons (pictured below)
UPDATE: More details about Scott's death have now surfaced. ABC News reports, via their sources, that Scott had inoperable brain cancer. This condition appears to be the motivating factor that let to his decision to take his own life.
They went on to confirm that several letters he wrote to his loved ones were left in his car, while a suicide note was later found at his office.
"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman Simon Halls said in a statement to the Associated Press this morning.