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|Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:54 pm Post subject: Tony Scott dies
|Hollywood director Tony Scott, famous for films including Top Gun, has died after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles, authorities have said.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide.
British-born Scott, brother of Alien director Ridley, shot to fame in the 1980s with a string of action films.
The 68-year-old's films included Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder and True Romance.
He also directed Enemy of the State and Beverly Hills Cop II.
"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement.
The coroner said Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which spans San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles.
Lt Joe Bale, from the coroner's office, said the director was seen parking his car and jumping into the water at about 12:30 (19:30 GMT) on Sunday.
His body was recovered from the harbour less than three hours later. A note was found in his car and another in his office, but it is not clear what they contained.
We will go where the facts take us. We have no reason to believe it was not a suicide," Lt Bale told the BBC.- it later emerged that he had been told he was suffering from inoperable brain cancer and had chosen to die on his own terms rather than wait for the disease to take full hold of him.
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