'Top Gun' director Tony Scott jumps to his death in Los Angeles

tony-scott-dead-gi.jpgMovie director and producer Tony Scott, who helmed films including "Top Gun" and "Unstoppable," committed suicide Sunday afternoon (Aug. 19) by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles.

Scott, 68, climbed a fence at the apex of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in L.A.'s San Pedro section and jumped "without hesitation," the county coroner's office tells the Daily Breeze newspaper.

A Coast Guard spokesperson tells the paper that a suicide note was found in Scott's car, which was parked on the bridge.

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Scott, the younger brother of Ridley Scott, directed 16 feature films in his career, with his second film, "Top Gun," easily the best know. His credits also include "Beverly Hills Cop II," "True Romance," "Crimson Tide" and "Enemy of the State."

Scott had a long working relationship with Denzel Washington. He first directed the actor in  "Crimson Tide" and also worked with him on "Man on Fire," "Deja Vu," "The Taking of Pelham 123" and "Unstoppable," the 2010 thriller that was Scott's last completed film.

He had been working on an adaptation of the nonfiction book "Emma's War" at the time of his death. He was also attached to a "Top Gun" sequel, but the film was still in the development stage at the time of his death.

Tony and Ridley Scott also had successful careers as producers through their company, Scott Free. The company was involved in the brothers' movies and in a number of TV projects ranging from the HBO movie "RKO 281" to "The Good Wife." Scott Free also produced the A&E miniseries "Coma," which is set to air Labor Day weekend.

Scott is survived by his wife, Donna, and two children.
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