An autopsy will take place this week to determine the cause of death of action movie producer and director Tony Scott, who Los Angeles police say committed suicide “without hesitation.”
According to The Daily Beast, Scott jumped from the highest point of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles about 185 feet into the water Sunday afternoon.
A report that the famed director had recently learned that he had inoperable brain cancer is false, reports TMZ. Scott's wife told investigators that there were no medical reasons why Tony would take his life.
Police say that Scott climbed a 10-foot high chain link fence and jumped “without hesitation." Joe Bale from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said, “I would guess he died from impacting the water. We are investigating this as a suicide. There is no reason to believe it was anything else.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that a note with contact information was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, and a suicide note was found in Scott’s office. Scott’s body was found 60 feet below the surface, close to where he jumped.
Friends and colleagues almost immediately began to send tributes to Scott on Twitter. Rosario Dawson, from “Unstoppable,” Scott’s last release in 2010 posted, “How terribly sad. What a lovely, kind human being you were,” according to New York Daily News.
Director and producer Joe Carnahan preferred to recount old stories about his friend. “I figure if I don't share these stories guys, I'll wind up punching out the walls in this hotel room,” he wrote.
The director’s most popular movie may have been Top Gun from 1986, a film that did wonders for the career of Tom Cruise. According to E! Online, Scott’s other best films were Beverly Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy, Crimson Tide with Denzel Washington, and Enemy of the State, featuring Will Smith.
Scott was 68 and was born in England. He most recently filmed a drama titled "Out of the Furnace," starring Christian Bale, scheduled for release next year.