Tragically depressing news has just hit the fan as Hollywood mourns the loss of famed director Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott. This news comes as a shock to everyone as he committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island around 12:30pm PST today. His body was recovered four hours later along with a suicide note found in his car near the bridge. Tony Scott was 68 years old at the time of his passing. Read on to find out more updates.
[UPDATE 8/20 5:30pm PST] According to TMZ via FilmDrunk, Tony Scott’s family is claiming that he did not in fact have inoperable brain cancer.
Tony Scott did NOT have inoperable brain cancer, or for that matter brain cancer at all … this according to Scott’s family. TMZ has learned … Scott’s wife told investigators the rumor that Tony had inoperable brain cancer is “absolutely false.” Although the autopsy results have been deferred pending more tests, our sources say there is no evidence of brain cancer.
Either way, brain cancer or not, the weight of this story is still a tragedy.
[UPDATED 8/20] In a recent report by ABC News, it has been noted that within Scott’s suicide note that he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer prior to his suicide.
Tony Scott’s most notable work as a director can be seen in Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Days of Thunder, True Romance, Crimson Tide, The Fan, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, and most recently the 2010 version of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Unstoppable. He was recently rumored as the director for Top Gun 2.
My thoughts and sympathies go to his family and those closest to him.
RIP Tony Scott, 1944-2012.