Director and producer Tony Scott has died in an apparent suicide. Scott’s responsible for the 1986 hit Top Gun and, most recently, Unstoppable and The Taking of Pelham 123.
The Director of movies like Top Gun and Man on Fire jumped off of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles Harbor.
Once again, Hollywood has been struck by tragedy. It’s been confirmed that renowned filmmaker Tony Scott has died at the age of 68. The director behind the blockbusters Beverly Hills Cop II and Enemy of the State committed suicide.
TMZ reports Scott jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which runs between San Pedro and Terminal Island near Los Angeles. It happened Sunday, around 12:30 p.m.
His body was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard and members of the Los Angeles Police Department around 4:30 p.m — four hours after he plunged into the water.
According to The Los Angeles Times, officials found a note containing contact information inside Scott’s car, which was parked on the bridge, and a suicide note in his office. Some witnesses saw the director climb the fence and watched him leap from the bridge. His body was finally identified Sunday evening.
The last film Scott directed was 2010’s Unstoppable, which starred frequent collaborator Denzel Washington. He was expected to reunite with Tom Cruise for Top Gun 2.
Some of his other notable films include Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Spy Game, Man on Fire, Deja Vu and The Taking of Pelham 123.
Scott’s resume isn’t limited to the big screen. He worked on several television shows, serving as executive producer of CBS’ The Good Wife and Numb3rs. Scott also tackled music videos such as George Michael’s “One More Try” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” which was featured on the Top Gun soundtrack.
Scott was the younger brother of fellow director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator).
We send our condolences to his family and friends.