Despite his success, Tony Scott, the director of “Top Gun”, ended his life by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles, on Sunday. Investigators have concluded that the director committed suicide after they found an explanatory note in his office, Reuters relates.
Tony Scott gave many successful movies throughout his career including “Top Gun”, “Days of Thunder” and “Beverly Hills Cop II”. For reasons that remain unknown, the director decided to put an end to his life and jump off a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday.
The director’s car was found on the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor. Police officers arrived at the scene after several individuals called 911 around 12:35 p.m. to report that someone had jumped off the bridge. A note was found inside the director’s car but it contained only contact information for those who were supposed to find the car.
The Los Angeles Port Police closed the traffic on the bridge and cargo vessels were requested to reduce their speed as a dive team searched for Scott’s body. They pulled him out of the water several hours later and the demise of the 68-year-old director was pronounced.
Even though the evidence was clearly pointing towards a suicide, investigators have nonetheless taken a look at Scott’s office in search of other leads. They discovered a suicide note, but its content hasn’t been communicated to the press. It is now up to the family whether they will disclose the reasons behind Scott’s suicide or not.
Tony Scott was producer and director Ridley Scott’s younger brother. He was born in UK but moved to Beverly Hills with his family at an early age. He became famous thanks to his 1986 blockbuster movie “Top Gun”, but he was also appreciated for films like “True Romance”, “The Fan” and “Enemy of the State”. He is survived by his wife and his twin sons.