08-19-2012 11:56 PM #1
RIP: Tony Scott - Dies in apparent suicide
British film director Tony Scott, known for such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder," "Beverly Hills Cop II" and "The Taking of Pelham 123," jumped to his death Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.
Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off "without hesitation" around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner's Department and port police.
A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn.
Scott directed Tom Cruise in "Top Gun," one of the highest-grossing
Director Tony Scott, wife Donna and sons Max and Frank arrive at the premiere of the film "Man On Fire" at the Mann National Theater in Los Angeles, on Sunday, April 18, 2004. (The Associated Press)
films of 1986, and worked with the actor again four years later on the hit "Days of Thunder," which also featured his third and current wife, actress Donna Scott. The couple have twin boys.
Known for his trademark red baseball cap, Scott also directed "Beverly Hills Cop II," starring Eddie Murphy, "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and "The Taking of Pelham 123," starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.
Scott and his older brother, producer Ridley Scott, were co-producers on the CBS dramas "NUMB3RS" and "The Good Wife." The pair recently wrapped "Coma," a four-hour, two-night medical thriller starring Ellen Burstyn set for release next month on A&E.
Officers with port police, the
Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol joined city firefighters and the Coast Guard in searching the water for his body.
Cargo vessels moved at slow speeds through the east side of the Main Channel during the search, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
"It's a dolorous task and we're working to treat the deceased with the utmost dignity and respect," Humphrey said.
Authorities used sonar equipment to track the man in the port's murky waters and his body was recovered by a dive team around 4:30 p.m., Alva said. Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner.
One lane of the eastbound side of the bridge was closed to traffic during the investigation.
Erected in 1963, the 6,060-foot bridge links San Pedro with Terminal Island and rises 185 feet at its highest point above the Main Channel of Los Angeles Harbor. Many have taken their lives by jumping from the span.
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08-20-2012 12:02 AM #2
This is horrible!
08-20-2012 12:07 AM #3
Damn that sucks R.I.P. Tony Scott.Xbox 360 & Playstation Network Gamer Tag mischa316
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08-20-2012 12:21 AM #4
this is sad...
08-20-2012 12:27 AM #5
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08-20-2012 12:47 AM #7
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08-20-2012 12:56 AM #8
Our deepest condolences to the Scott Family.."A diamond is just a chunk of coal that made good under pressure."
08-20-2012 01:06 AM #9
wow...horrible. RIP Tony.
08-20-2012 01:24 AM #10Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off "without hesitation"Steve Zissou: Anne-Marie, do all the interns get Glocks?
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08-20-2012 12:36 PM #13
Man that's terrible. What could be so bad that after 68 years of life you decide you can't take it anymore?- cardpetree
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08-20-2012 12:48 PM #14
Some reports are saying he had inoperable brain cancer.
08-20-2012 12:49 PM #15
Tony Scott, director of "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Crimson Tide," had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News.
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