Tony Scott committed suicide on Sun., Aug. 20, 2012 by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the city of San Pedro, Calif. According to People, witnesses at the scene said Scott scaled a fence and “leapt without hesitation” into the water beneath the bridge.
The 68-year-old director of such films as “Top Gun” and “Days of Thunder” left behind a suicide note in his office and contact information in his car, a Toyota Prius that was parked at the scene. The Los Angeles Police Department’s harbor division discovered the contact info in the vehicle. His body was recovered from the Los Angeles Harbor by the Los Angeles Port Authority at approximately 3 p.m., several hours after he jumped to his death.
Just one day after the tragic incident, an unnamed source has come forward to claim that the director had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, reported ABC. Tony Scott’s medical records have not been released, and his physician has not confirmed the claim that he had brain cancer. The implication is that Tony Scott’s suicide was prompted by the inoperable brain cancer diagnosis.
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Tony Scott’s survivors include his twin sons Max and Frank, his wife Donna (Wilson) Scott and his older brother/business partner Ridley Scott.