Movie director Tony Scott died at 68 Sunday, police said, after jumping off a Los Angeles County bridge.
“I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away,” his spokesman Simon Halls said in a statement. “The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time.”
Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Joe Bale said police were investigating Scott’s death as a suicide, confirming that a note was found in his office.
The British director’s body was recovered in Los Angeles Harbor hours after his reported 12:30 p.m. PT jump off the Vincent Thomas Bridge, police said.
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Scott, the younger brother of famed filmmaker Ridley Scott, directed big budget films such as Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Beverly Hills Cop II. More of his movies include The Hunger, Crimson Tide, True Romance, The Fan and Enemy of the State.
Across Hollywood, show business personalities were tweeting tributes to the late director.
Ron Howard: “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.”
Elijah Wood: “Awful news about Tony Scott. Rest in peace.”
Jon Favreau: “Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Sin City director Robert Rodriguez: “Damn. Great knowing you, buddy. Thanks for the inspiration, advice, encouragement, and the decades of great entertainment.”
Scott is survived by wife Donna and two sons.