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Top Gun Director, Tony Scott Dead In Apparent Suicide

NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, VARIETY, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (USA)

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LOS ANGELES - Tony Scott, the British-born director of high-octane blockbusters like Top Gun and Days of Thunder, jumped to his death from a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday. He was 68, reports the New York Times.

His body was pulled out of the water by the Los Angeles Port Police, says the Los Angeles Times. Several witnesses told police they saw Scott get out of his car, which was parked on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, around 12:30pm. He then scaled a fence and jumped, according to law enforcement sources.

A note listing contact information was found inside Scott’s car; a suicide note was later found in his office. 

Tony Scott, brother of Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott, was known for helming such blockbusters as Spy Game, True Romance, Crimson Tide and Unstoppable, writes Variety. In recent years he had been more active as a producer of film and TV fare. Among his many TV projects were drama series The Good Wife and Numbers, and the mini-series Pillars of the Earth. 

Scott was one of the first filmmakers to make the transition from commercials to features, writes the Hollywood Reporter. He directed thousands of TV spots.

In 1985, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckenheimer signed Scott to direct Top Gun, impressed by a commercial he had done for Swedish automaker Saab, in which a car raced a fighter jet.

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