Top Gun Director Dies: Tony Scott Commits Suicide in California


Film director Tony Scott apparently committed suicide by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, a Los Angeles County about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner's office.

A passerby who allegedly saw Scott jump from the bridge called 911, according to a statement released by the coroner's office late Sunday that also said how, "The L.A. Port Police recovered the body from the water;" and that, "There's nothing to indicate it is anything else at this time."

Scott reportedly left notes in his car and office before jumping to his death. A friend found a note from the late director (who was 68-years-old) in his Los Angeles office. The missive was apparently written for his family. A second note left in his car on the bridge, including names and phone numbers for his family, “was probably intended for officials investigating his death,” Winter said.

Born in England, Scott started 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. Scott became a household name in 1986 as director of the blockbuster Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. He doubled down with the Eddie Murphy’s 1987 action flick Beverly Hills Cop II. May he rest in peace.