Date: 20th August 2012

Top Gun Movie Director Jumps To His Death

Tony Scott, the director of Hollywood hits such as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Unstoppable, died Sunday at age 68, his publicist has confirmed. According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s harbor division, the British-born filmmaker jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beach, Calif.

Authorities found a suicide note in his car, a black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the bridge's eastbound lanes, a coastguard spokesman, Lt Jennifer Osburn, told reporters.

Several witnesses reportedly saw Scott climb a fence on the south side.

Scott and his older brother Ridley (the Oscar-nominated director of films like Alien, Gladiator, and Prometheus) were partners in Scott Free Productions, whose latest project is A&E’s four-hour medical thriller Coma, due to air next month.

Tony Scott, whose last film was the 2010 runaway-train thriller Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, had been developing a sequel to his 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun.

Source: Press Release