Accomplished filmmaker Tony Scott, the man behind such hits as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Enemy of the State, died Sunday afternoon from an apparent suicide near his San Pedro, California home. According to authorities, Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro at 12:35 pm local time. The coroner’s department and LA port police report that he jumped “without hesitation,” and that a note was found in his office.
There’s been a lot of initial speculation as to why Scott, brother of Prometheus filmmaker Ridley Scott, might have killed himself. Scott has enjoyed a recent string of box office successes as director including last fall’s Unstoppable; he is also an accomplished producer on the big screen (Prometheus and The Grey) and the small screen (the upcoming mini-series’ Coma and World Without End and the ongoing series, The Good Wife on CBS). ABC is reporting that Scott had recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, which might have driven him to suicide.
Tony Scott is survived by his wife Donna and their two children.
Update: Digital Spy is reporting that Scott’s family is denying the reports of a brain tumor or other serious illness.