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Film director Tony Scott jumps to his death

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http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_21349685/breaking-man-who-jumped-from-vincent-thomas-bridge

British film director Tony Scott, known for such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder," "Beverly Hills Cop II" and "The Taking of Pelham 123," jumped to his death Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off "without hesitation" around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner's Department and port police.

A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn.

Scott directed Tom Cruise in "Top Gun," one of the highest-grossing films of 1986, and worked with the actor again four years later on the hit "Days of Thunder," which also featured his third and current wife, actress Donna Scott. The couple have twin boys.
Known for his trademark red baseball cap, Scott also directed "Beverly Hills Cop II," starring Eddie Murphy, "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and "The Taking of Pelham 123," starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

Scott and his older brother, producer Ridley Scott, were co-producers on the CBS dramas "NUMB3RS" and "The Good Wife." The pair recently wrapped "Coma," a four-hour, two-night medical thriller starring Ellen Burstyn set for release next month on A&E.

Officers with port police, the Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol joined city firefighters and the Coast Guard in searching the water for his body.

Cargo vessels moved at slow speeds through the east side of the Main Channel during the search, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

"It's a dolorous task and we're working to treat the deceased with the utmost dignity and respect," Humphrey said.

Authorities used sonar equipment to track the man in the port's murky waters and his body was recovered by a dive team around 4:30 p.m., Alva said. Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner.

One lane of the eastbound side of the bridge was closed to traffic during the investigation.

Erected in 1963, the 6,060-foot bridge links San Pedro with Terminal Island and rises 185 feet at its highest point above the Main Channel of Los Angeles Harbor. Many have taken their lives by jumping from the span.
post #2 of 84
I was very sorry to read this, having been on the set of "Pelham" as an extra. Aside from being one of the very few directors I've ever had direct contact with, he was always energetic, upbeat, focused, and affable at all times...day/night/mornings, regardless of conditions or logistics with a large-scale production. A ball of vitality, enthusiasm, and gusto, even in his 60s. His ever-resent red baseball-cap always moving about.. I can't imagine what might have driven him to jump to his death (perhaps some debilitating illness?) , but it's a saddening start to the week. R.I.P Mr Scott..
Edited by cinema13 - 8/19/12 at 10:21pm
post #3 of 84
what the hell?
post #4 of 84
Wow, I guess more will follow as to why.
post #5 of 84
Holy moly! Last time i went to Catalina i looked up at the bridge wondering if it had a fence because of the proposal in SF, shows how good of a deterrent that is..
post #6 of 84
Sad news, he was really a visual director that made some great movies. No one deserves this fate.
post #7 of 84
He certainly made a fine contribution. I love his visual style, which really adds to my immense enjoyment of the film "Spy Game."
post #8 of 84
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Originally Posted by mrhan View Post

A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn.
That part of the story was updated later: the note in his car turned out to be a contact list. His suicide note was found afterwards in his office.

From the L.A. Times:
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Several witnesses told police they saw Scott get out of his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, about 12:30 p.m. Then he scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped off without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said.

A source said officials looked inside the car and determined it belonged to the famed action-movie director and producer. A note listing contact information was inside. A suicide note was later found in his office. Its contents were not revealed.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tony-scott-20120820,0,398891.story
post #9 of 84
Was heading down to cabrillo beach today when I witnessed this. Would never expect it to be Tony Scott. Rip.

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post #10 of 84
What the ....?!?!

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post #11 of 84
With all things considered (after reading the released info), the best anyone can say is "R.I.P."frown.gif
post #12 of 84
Monumental massive loss...directed one of the finest True Romance and still had many left. A gift and true legend, incredible...God bless Sir Tony Scott.
post #13 of 84
R.I.P.

Really sad when talented people die before their time.
He directed some of my all time favourites like True Romance, Spy Game, Top Gun....
So I'm sad that he won't do more films and the way he ended it.
post #14 of 84
Couldn't believe it when this news popped up last night. Condolences to the family.
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Oh my. My oh my. How does something like this happen to someone who, seemingly, has it all? What hope is there for the rest of us? eek.giffrown.gif
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Oh my. My oh my. How does something like this happen to someone who, seemingly, has it all? What hope is there for the rest of us? eek.giffrown.gif

Mental illness does not stop if you have money - it can effect anybody.
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Oh my. My oh my. How does something like this happen to someone who, seemingly, has it all? What hope is there for the rest of us? eek.giffrown.gif

Jesus!
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Oh my. My oh my. How does something like this happen to someone who, seemingly, has it all? What hope is there for the rest of us? eek.giffrown.gif

Maybe "has it all" is not the answer.
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Maybe "has it all" is not the answer.


"mental illness"??? "Having it all"??? No offense to anyone, but next I'm expecting someone to blame drugs (which is another "jump the gun" response that is usually false). All the money in the world is useless if it is a debilitating health issue.
I've heard rumors that Mr. Scott may have had an inoperable brain tumor/cancer...again, that is a RUMOR. But, if true, perhaps he opted to leave us in a way that suited him, as well as sparing his family the pain and heartache that accompanies such an illness.
Right now, we do not know why Tony Scott felt he had to do this. Hopefully, more facts will be made available in the coming days.
post #20 of 84
He probably had just received some devastating medical news... and devastating news for the rest of us too.

Sad, but it does happen. We will surely miss him. Prayers for his brother, his co-workers, and his family.
post #21 of 84
WOW....what a shame. My prayers go out to Ridley and his family.
post #22 of 84
We don't really know why Scott committed suicide, of course, but the first thing I suspect when anyone commits suicide is untreated depression. It is bad stuff and no respecter of power or position.
post #23 of 84
Wow, R.I.P.
post #24 of 84
Top Gun' Director Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer


It makes you wonder why people choose the method they do when they take their own life. Jumping from a bridge would be low on my list. So would a gun or a razorblade. A pill and bed would be my choice.
Edited by Aliens - 8/20/12 at 9:13am
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Top Gun' Director Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer
It makes you wonder why people choose the method they do when they take their own life. Jumping from a bridge would be low on my list. So would a gun or a razorblade. A pill and bed would be my choice.


Mine too, but perhaps he felt this method was preferable to his body being found by a family member.
post #26 of 84
Sad. It takes big ones to jump off a bridge. I'd have to go via some painless drug OD given his situation.

larry
post #27 of 84
A new Tony Scott movie was something I was always looking forward to, I'm gonna miss those moments. Seeing about his illness and how he chose to end his life... Makes me sad. R.I.P Mr. Scott.
post #28 of 84
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

Top Gun' Director Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer
It makes you wonder why people choose the method they do when they take their own life. Jumping from a bridge would be low on my list. So would a gun or a razorblade. A pill and bed would be my choice.
Brain cancer is as bad as it gets.
I would definitely take the "exit, stage left" approach.


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It takes big ones to jump off a bridge. I'd have to go via some painless drug OD given his situation.
larry
+1
post #29 of 84
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

Top Gun' Director Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer
It makes you wonder why people choose the method they do when they take their own life. Jumping from a bridge would be low on my list. So would a gun or a razorblade. A pill and bed would be my choice.

I'd rather take S. R. Haddens' approach personally, but the trick is finding a billion dollars or so to charter a private spacecraft. Maybe by the time I'm older NASA will be taking volunteers for a one way mission to Mars. When I'm done with what I have going on now, I'd be ecstatic to sign up.

RIP to Scott, cancer sucks and it's understandable to want to deal with it on your own terms.
post #30 of 84
I hadn't heard about his brain cancer, but now it makes more sense. Wouldn't voluntary, medically assisted euthenasia be preferable to having conjour up the stones to do yourself in? Seems like it'd be a whole lot easier on those you're leaving behind as well.

Maybe some day. Probably not here.
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