TICKER: Tony Scott, ‘Top Gun’ director, dies after jumping off bridge
Director Tony Scott, best known for the films “Top Gun” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” died in an apparent suicide Sunday when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, an official with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told CNN.
“There’s nothing to indicate it is anything else at this time,” said Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner’s office.
Scott, 68, jumped from the bridge at about 12:30 p.m., Bale said. The bridge spans the Los Angeles Harbor, connecting San Pedro and Terminal Island.
A passerby who saw Scott jump from the bridge called 911, according to a statement released by the coroner’s office late Sunday.
“The L.A. Port Police recovered the body from the water,” the statement said.
The coroner’s office declined to comment or confirm a Los Angeles Times report that Scott left a suicide note in his car, which was found parked on the bridge.
Born Anthony D.L. Scott in North Shields, England, in 1944, Tony — as he was known — got his start as a teenager in front of the camera, starring in his older brother Ridley Scott’s film “Boy and Bicycle.” In 1995, the two joined forces to create the production company, Scott Free Productions.
Simon Halls, a publicist who represents the Scott brothers, confirmed the death.
“The family asks for privacy during this time,” Halls said.
Tony Scott became a household name in 1986 as director of the mega-hit “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. He followed that up with the Eddie Murphy action movie, “Beverly Hills Cop II” in 1987.
In the 1990s, Scott cemented his reputation for big-budget action films with 1990’s “Revenge” starring Kevin Costner and “Days of Thunder” with Tom Cruise. In 1998 he directed “Enemy of the State” with Will Smith and Gene Hackman.
Reaction to Scott’s death poured out through Twitter, with directors, actors and fans mourning news of his death.
“Tragic day,” director Ron Howard said via Twitter.
Actor-director James Gunn posted” “RIP Tony Scott. He was a huge inspiration. Very sad.”
Scott directed his last film, the train thriller “Unstoppable” starring Denzel Washington, in 2010.
In 2002, the Scott brothers won an Emmy for the television movie “The Gathering Storm.”