Confirmed: Director Tony Scott Has Committed Suicide (1944 – 2012) – UPDATED

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Tony Scott on the set of Deja Vu (2006) Movie ImageWow. 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.

Denzel Washington and Tony Scott on the set of Man on Fire (2004) Movie Image

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  • BelmontHeir

    Yeah, this comes out of nowhere and hits like a ton of bricks. In an age of often disposable Hollywood entertainment, Tony Scott was a true auteur. Whether you liked his post-”Man on Fire” stylistic decisions or not, there was no else like him.

  • Juggernaut

    Sad news. Scott directed two of my favorite films True Romance and Man On Fire not to mention a list of other terrific movies. He was a truly talented director and he will be missed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tin-Hoang/500047782 Tin Hoang

    interested to find out the reasons in his suicide note. this really came out of the blue as he didn’t seem to have a history of depression or anything. it’s a great loss. He was a great main stream commercial director that brought more than slick visuals and saturated colors to all the films he made.

    • baddog

      The unfortunate thing about depression is you don’t see it until it is too late. People with depression hide it very well. I watch man on fire all the time and never get tired of it. You know Denzel is bumming right now. Sorry you had to take your life Tony, you will be missed on the silver screen, and by the people you left behind.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Sad news indeed. RIP Tony Scott!

  • X_p

    this dood changed my life. i wanted to be nothing but a fighter pilot for years after top gun.
    RIP one of the coolest minded doods in a empty mind field.
    sidenote: does he get extra points for handling his own business his way?

  • Romeo garcia.

    An extraordinary filmaker…A lot of his movies are my favorites like:TOP GUN,TRUE ROMANCE,THE HUNGER,BEVERLY HILLs COP 2,CRIMsON TIDE,DAYs OF THUNDER and of curse:THE LAsT BOY sCOUT,,,I love the way he see the world in his lents…A very very bad news