Top Gun Director Leaps to Death From LA Bridge

Tony Scott left suicide note in his Prius: cops
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2012 11:42 PM CDT
Updated Aug 20, 2012 4:04 AM CDT
Top Gun Director Leaps to Death From LA Bridge
Tony Scott arrives at the 2010 premiere of "Unstoppable" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)

(Newser) Top Gun director Tony Scott committed suicide yesterday by leaping to his death from a Los Angeles bridge, according to authorities. Scott, 68, jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which spans San Pedro and Terminal Island, reports AP. He reportedly jumped "without hesitation." A suicide note was found inside Scott's Prius, which was parked on one of the bridge lanes, said police.

The British-born Scott, brother of producer Ridley Scott, directed several top Hollywood films, including The Hunger, True Romance, Days of Thunder, a remake of the Taking of Pelham 123, and Enemy of the State. Scott and his brother shared producer credits on TV series Numb3rs and The Good Wife. The 68-year-old's body has been turned over to the LA coroner. (Read more Top Gun stories.)

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