Tony Scott, the British director, known for movies such as Beverly Hills Cop II and Top Gun, died on Sunday in what authorities said was a suicide. He jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge, a coroner from LA County said on Sunday. Scott, 68, was on the bridge about 12:30 pm when he jumped. The bridge crosses the Los Angeles Harbor and connects Terminal Island to San Pedro. A passerby called 911 after seeing Scott jump off the bridge.
Scott’s body was recovered by the Port Police of Los Angeles. The coroner’s office would not comment or confirm that authorities had found information in the director’s car that was parked in the area of the bridge from where he jumped and later located a suicide not he left in his office.
Scott was born in England in 1944 and started in front of the camera for Ridley Scott his older brother in Boy and Bicycle. However, in 1986 he became a household name behind the camera after he directed the huge hit movie Top Gun that starred Tom Cruise as a pilot and Kelly McGillis. He then followed that in 1987 with the hit action film Beverly Hills Cop II starring Eddie Murphy.
Scott also directed the 1990s movies Revenge, Days of Thunder and Enemy of the State, which starred Gene Hackman and Will Smith. While directing Days of Thunder, Scott met Donna Wilson, an actress, on the set whom he then married in 1994. The couple had twins.
Scott’s last film Unstoppable was a train thriller that starred Denzel Washington back in 2010. He said it was his most challenging movie because of shooting over 90% of the film on the train that was going 50 to 70 miles per hour.