17:27 23 August 2012
Hollywood director Tony Scott, best known for his work in Top Gun, plunged to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles last Sunday. His death was confirmed as a suicide after a suicide note was found at his office. He was 68.
After jumping from the L.A. bridge at around 12:30 pm on Sunday, the director fell within feet or horror-stricken tourists onboard a harbor boat cruise.
A tourist who witnessed the whole incident said: “He landed right next to our tour boat, and many of us saw the whole thing.”
Just weeks before his suicide, the director was photographed looking disheveled and out-of-sorts as he left a restaurant in Beverly Hills. The L.A. police are now trying to get to the bottom of the successful and renowned director’s decision to end his own life.
Reports that the director had inoperable brain cancer have been denied by family sources.
Tony, younger brother to director Ridley Scott, leaves behind his wife Donna and his two twin sons. He also leaves behind the sequel to the cult classic Tom Cruise film Top Gun, which he and Cruise have reportedly already began developing.
Reports say that Cruise has even toured a naval Air Station in Nevada as prep work for the movie, which could be one of the biggest box office hits of the decade, based on the accomplishments of its prequel. The film was originally planned for release in 2014, but no announcements have been made as to whether the film will push through without its original director.
Tony’s suicide remains a mystery as the director seems to have everything going for him. Aside from his family, he produced a film starring Christian Bale due out next year and was working on a movie entitled Killing Lincoln, which is based on the Bill O’Reilly bestseller.
Police reports say the director climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge and leaped off ‘without hesitation’. Many people witnessed the incident, as the 911 received several calls reporting the same incident. The Los Angeles Port Police sent a dive team to retrieve Scott’s body. It took them until 3:00pm to pull him out. The body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and was later turned over to the county coroner’s office.
Simon Halls, publicist to the Scott brothers, confirmed the death and asked for privacy for the late director’s family.
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