According to the Los Angeles Times, the 68-year-old director died on August 19 from multiple blunt-force injuries as a result of his plunge from the bridge. And, despite some reports at the time, the coroner ruled that Scott was not suffering from any serious medical conditions, including cancer, at the time of his suicide.
Investigators found no pre-existing conditions, based on both the autopsy and previous medical records. After Scott’s death, some media outlets reported on an anonymous source’s claims that Scott had a brain tumor, though his family denied those reports. Scott had what were described as “therapeutic levels” of the sleep aid Lunesta and the anti-depressant Remeron in his system, according to toxicology tests.
Coroner’s office investigators interviewed Scott’s family, but the discussion did not shed light on his frame of mind before the suicide and they have not offered any public explanation for why he took his life.
Scott’s directing credits were numerous (“Days of Thunder,” “Top Gun,” “True Romance,” “Crimson Tide”) 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 recent A&E miniseries remake of “Coma.”