Wow. This just came out of nowhere. After news of this broke earlier Sunday, though with precious few details, TMZ has now confirmed that British director Tony Scott, little brother of Ridley Scott, has committed suicide around 12:30 P.M. Sunday.
The L.A. County Coroner confirmed that Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge between San Pedro and Terminal Island. The U.S. Coast Guard also confirms that Scott left a suicide note in his Toyota Prius Toyota Prius that was parked near the bridge. Apparently it took the authorities a while to locate his body in the water below the bridge where he jumped using sonar equipment.
This … is pretty surprising news.
I don’t know what was happening with Scott’s personal life that led to this, but his professional life seemed to be going just fine, though I don’t suppose you could say he’s been having a great time at the box office, with a string of underperforming films, including “The Taking of Pelham 123″ and “Unstoppable”, both with Denzel Washington. But he’s had plenty of hits under his belt, including “Top Gun”, “Beverly Hills Cop II”, and “Days of Thunder”, to name just three.
The future was also looking bright, with Scott on tap to direct a number of films, including the high-profile “24″ movie, the still-in-development “Top Gun” sequel, and was recently in talks with Warner Bros. to helm a remake of “The Wild Bunch”.
Tony Scott is, as many of you might know, the younger brother of Ridley Scott (“Alien”, “Prometheus”). Together, the brothers ran Scott Free Production, which has produced some major films over the years, as well as hit TV shows in ” Numb3rs” and “The Good Wife”.
Tony Scott is survived by his wife, Donna, and their two children. He was 68.
UPDATE: ABC News quotes a source close to Tony Scott as saying that the director had been diagnosed with “inoperable brain cancer” prior to his suicide.
UPDATE #2 Scott’s family, through his wife, is now saying that Tony Scott DID NOT have inoperable brain cancer as previously reported by ABC News above. If that’s true, then that just makes his suicide even more perplexing.