Tony Scott, director of blockbusters Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, True Romance and Unstoppable jumped to his death Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, authorities said. According to the Associated Press, Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the bridge and jumped around 12:30 p.m. One report quoted a coroner’s report that said Scott jumped “without hesitation.”
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn told the Daily Breeze that a note that contained contact information was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge. Authorities used sonar equipment to find Scott’s body in the port’s murky waters. Divers recovered his body about 4:30pm. It was also said that investigators have found a suicide note at Scott’s office.
Known for his trademark red baseball cap, the British-born Scott was the younger brother of “Alien” director Ridley Scott, and the two shared producing credits on the CBS dramas The Good Wife and NUMB3RS and most recently he was a producer Ridley’s film “Prometheus”. Scott was set to begin production on a sequel to the hit 80’s film “Top Gun” which starred Tom Cruise. His last film was 2010’s “Unstoppable” which starred Denzel Washington, who was a regular in film’s Scott directed.
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