Hollywood was still in shock as word spread over the weekend that celebrated director Tony Scott had committed suicide. The “Top Gun” and “True Romance” helmer died by jumping from the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge into the Los Angeles Harbor near Long Beach, California, on Sunday afternoon.
According to a report from the Coast Guard, Scott jumped from the south side of the bridge around 12:30 p.m. PT. The L.A. County coroner later revealed to local news outlets that Scott jumped “without hesitation.” Law enforcement officials said that a suicide note was found in Scott’s car, which was parked in one of the bridge’s southbound lanes. The contents of the note have not yet been released.
Authorities reportedly arrived on the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m., after a 911 call had been placed by a witness. Officers from the LAPD, the California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard worked together to recover Scott’s body from the water around 4 p.m.
News of the director/producer’s death broke online late Sunday evening and “RIP Tony Scott,” quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, along with individual trending topics dedicated to several of Scott’s memorable films like “Days of Thunder,” “Top Gun,” “True Romance,” “Crimson Tide,” “Enemy of the State” and “The Last Boy Scout.”
Scott’s directing credits are numerous and he was an equally successful producer of TV and film alongside his brother, fellow director and producing partner Ridley Scott, with whom he operated the highly successful company ScottFree Productions. In addition to their film producing credits, the Scott brothers are responsible for the Emmy-nominated TV hit “The Good Wife,” “Numb3rs,” “The Pillars of the Earth” miniseries and the upcoming drama “Coma.”
Ridley has yet to make a public statement on the tragic news and a source close to the family told Deadline that they hope for the media to allow them time to grieve privately.
“We ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time,” the source told the site.