Tony Scott (pictured left above) worked with many actors during his directing career, but he had a special relationship with Tom Cruise (far right). The pair worked together on Top Gun and Days of Thunder — and they were starting work on Top Gun 2.
“Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him,” Cruise said Monday. “He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Scott, 68, jumped to his death off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the Los Angeles Harbor just after noon on Sunday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Rumors emerged that the British-born director suffered from inoperable brain cancer, but his wife reportedly told authorities that those rumors are “absolutely false,” according to TMZ.
A note in his car detailed a list of people to contact about his death, while a longer suicide note left in his office reportedly detailed why he had decided to take his own life.
The most awful part of all: A boat full of tourists saw him jump — and many took photos and videos of it. Who wouldn’t want photos of a man’s suicide to add to their travel scrapbook?
“He landed right next to our tour boat, and many of us saw the whole thing,” a boat rider told TMZ. Photos posted on the website show what appears to be Scott’s body in the water near a boat.
As awful as it is, we could almost understand if he took his life because of brain cancer. But now we don’t know what to think and it’s just awful, especially since he had two small sons at home.