TOP GUN DIRECTOR KILLS HIMSELF
NEW DETAILS: TOP GUN director TONY SCOTT, 68, has committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles.
Scott, the younger brother of “Prometheus” and “Alien” filmmaker Ridley Scott scaled a fence at the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning the Los Angeles Harbor and leapt “without hesitation” plunged 185 feet to this death, LAPD said.
According to the LA Times, a note was found in Scott's black Toyota Prius, parked on the bridge. The note contained contact information and a suicide note was found in the filmmaker’s office
Using sonar equipment LAPD and the Coast Guard teamed up locate Scott’s corpse in the murky depths, Divers fished the remains from the harbor three hours after the death plunge.rs fished the body from the harbor about three hours after his death plunge.
Scott had abandoned his parked his car in the eastbound lanes of the 6,060-foot-long bridge, jumped the barrier and then swan dived.
Working in the shadow of his older and more prolific older brother Ridley Scott, Tony got his big break in 1986 directing the Top Cruise aviation potboiler “Top Gun”.
He directed a string of actioners – some hits, others flops, including “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Days of Thunder,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “True Romance,” “Crimson Tide” and the remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123” with John Travolta.
Both Tony and Ridley Scott had recently finished a two-part medical thriller “Coma” starring Ellen Burstyn due to air on A&E next month.
His most recent film was the actioner “Unstoppable” with Chris Pine and Denzel Washington.
The cause behind the suicide remains unknown as reports of brain cancer are dismissed.