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Top Gun Director, Tony Scott, Dead After Jumping From Bridge

Submitted by on August 20, 2012 – 6:31 am Comments

Tony Scott and his red ball capTony Scott, a blockbuster Hollywood director whose best known for hits such as “Top Gun” and “Days of Thunder” died Sunday after he jumped from a bridge in the Los Angeles Harbor. Witnesses reported that around 12:35 PM the 68 year old parked his car, a black Toyota Prius, on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. After getting out of his vehicle, the filmmaker climbed a fence and then proceeded to jump from the south side of the bridge.

Several people called in to 911 to report the incident, according to the Los Angeles police. A note had been left in the car with Scott’s contact information on it. A suicide note was also found in the director’s office, but the contents have not yet been disclosed.

A joint effort by the Los Angeles police, California Highway Patrol, firefighters, and the Coast Guard succeeded in recovering Scott’s body from the water at around 3 PM, nearly four hours after the suicide. The Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, Brian Humphrey, said “It’s a dolorous task and we’re working to treat the deceased with the utmost dignity and respect.” Scott’s body was then taken to a dock in Wilmington before being turned over to the county coroner’s office.

The investigation resulted in one lane of the bridge, the eastbound side, was closed to traffic. Cargo vessels also were asked to move at reduced speeds on the east side of the port’s main channel while the search was underway.

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Scott was the younger brother of Ridley Scott, who directed and produced many box office hits, including “Alien” and “Gladiator.” Scott was born in the UK but lived in Beverly Hills. He had twin sons with his third wife, Donna Wilson. A family spokesman, Simon Halls, did confirm Scott’s death and asked that everyone please be respectful of the families’ privacy during this rough time.Tony Scott with Denzel Washingtong

The brothers, Ridley and Tony Scott worked together often, even running Scott Free Productions which ran the TV show, “The Good Wife.” Tony Scott also worked quite often with Denzel Washington. The two had worked on five hit movies together, the latest being “Unstoppable.” Scott just recently finished shooting “Out of the Furnace” with Christian Bale.

Scott was a thrill-seeker in his personal life. He was an avid rock climber and enjoyed fast cars and motorcycles, though filmmaking was his favorite thrill. In an interview in 1995, Scott stated, “The biggest edge I live on is directing. That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life.” He went on to say that the very first day of production is the scariest thing in his life, the fear of failing.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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