Update: According to ABC News, a source close to the director says that Scott was suffering from inoperable brain cancer. Deadline has confirmed that this report was false.
“I can confirm that Mr. Scott has indeed passed away,” Scott’s spokesman told Entertainment Weekly. I have no further details and ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.”
Filmmaker Anthony “Tony” Scott, most famous for his contributions to films that include Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II and Man on Fire has committed suicide, KTLA Los Angeles reports. The 68-year-old filmmaker was the younger brother of director Ridley Scott.
It was reported that the English director jumped to his death yesterday afternoon from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif. Early reports incorrectly stated that Scott left a suicide note in his car. The note in the car actually turned out to be a note that listed contact information. A suicide note, however, was found in Scott’s office, according to the L.A. Times. The death was later confirmed by The L.A. County Coroner. Scott’s last film as a director was 2010’s Unstoppable, and it was rumored that he would work on a Top Gun 2, although production had not been confirmed.