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‘Top Gun’ Director Tony Scott Dead from Apparent Suicide

Tony Scott Dies from Apparent Suicide
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Director Tony Scott, best known for the mega-hits ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Beverly Hills Cop 2′ and ‘Days of Thunder,’ died from an apparent suicide on Sunday when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA.

According to a Los Angeles County coroner spokesman, Scott, 68, jumped from the bridge around 12:30pm. Several people witnessed the incident and immediately called 911. Scott’s body was recovered by a diving team from the LA Port Police.

Investigators found contact information in Scott’s Toyota Prius, which had been parked on the bridge, and a suicide note was later discovered in his office.

Simon Halls, a spokesman for the Scott family, confirmed the director’s death. “I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time,” he said.

Born in England, Scott is the younger brother of acclaimed director Ridley Scott (‘Gladiator’), and is responsible for a slew of hits including ‘Man on Fire,’ ‘The Taking of Pelham 123,’ and ‘Unstoppable’ among many others.

Ron Howard, Jon Favreau and actor Michael Rapaport, who appeared in Scott’s film ‘True Romance,’ took to Twitter and sadly noted his passing. See tweets from other celebrities who worked with Scott and admired his films below.

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