British film-maker Tony Scott, who directed blockbusters including Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Beverly Hills Cop II, has died after jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles, authorities said today.
Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt Joe Bale said Scott’s death was being investigated as a suicide.
Authorities say Scott, 68, the younger brother of director Ridley Scott, jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles.
US Coast Guard Lt Jennifer Osburn told the Daily Breeze a note was found inside his black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound bridge lanes.
Several people called emergency services at around 12.35pm local time yesterday to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, said Lt Tim Nordquist of Los Angeles police.
A dive team with the city’s port police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later. Scott’s body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner’s office.
The Scott brothers ran Scott Free Productions and were working on a film called Killing Lincoln, based on the best seller by Bill O’Reilly. Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was a summer blockbuster.
Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, was one of the highest-grossing films of 1986. The pair worked together again four years later on the hit Days Of Thunder.
Tony Scott frequently worked with Denzel Washington, most recently on the runaway train drama Unstoppable. Scott and Washington collaborated on four other films, Man On Fire, déjà vu and The Taking Of Pelham 123.
In a tweet director Ron Howard said: “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.”
Other Scott films include True Romance and Crimson Tide.
Scott was married to actress Donna Scott. They have twin sons.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the note in Scott's car listed contact information and a suicide note was later found at his office.