Ed Driscoll

Tony Scott, Top Gun Director Dead at 68 of Apparent Suicide

Tony Scott, Top Gun Director Dead at 68 of Apparent Suicide
Kamala Harris (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Scott was the young brother of Ridley Scott; in addition to Top Gun, had directed Beverly Hills Cop II, Enemy of the State, and the remake of the Taking of Pelham 1,2,3, in addition to other projects in both film and TV. The Contra Costa Times has the early details of his apparent suicide:

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.

More as it comes in.

Update (8/20/12): “Tony Scott, director of ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Days of Thunder’ and ‘Crimson Tide,’ had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News.” (Warning: Auto-play video at link.)