published Monday, August 20th, 2012

’Top Gun’ director dies after jumping off bridge

Tony Scott arrives Oct. 26, 2010, at the premiere of "Unstoppable" in Los Angeles. Authorities say Scott died after jumping of a bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
Tony Scott arrives Oct. 26, 2010, at the premiere of "Unstoppable" in Los Angeles. Authorities say Scott died after jumping of a bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
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LOS ANGELES — Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County Bridge, authorities said.

Scott’s death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Joe Bale said.

The 68-year-old Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles, authorities said.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn told the Daily Breeze that a suicide note was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

The British-born Scott was producer Ridley Scott’s brother.

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