We have to bring you some unfortunate and extremely sad news this afternoon fellow readers. Tony Scott, ages 68, jumped off a bridge over Los Angeles Harbour last night. Film fans across the globe have spent their time since mourning the loss of a great director, who directed movies like Top Gun, Beverley Hills Cop II, The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 remake and his most recent film, and last, Unstoppable, released in 2010.
Onlookers saw Scott park his car on the Vincent Thomas Bridge and jump off the bridge at 12:30PM local time yesterday. They described him as someone they recognised from TV and film, and shortly before 3PM his body was recovered from the waters and identified as Tony Scott, younger brother of Ridley Scott.
A suicide note was found in his car, although what the note was has not been made publicly available at this time. A spokesperson for the film, Katherine Rowe, issued a statement regarding the suicide.
“I can confirm that Tony Scott has indeed passed away. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time.”
Scott was at one point set to direct the movie adaptation of Mark Millar’s Nemesis, which Joe Carnahan will now make, 24: The Movie, and several upcoming films including a sequel to Top Gun. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Tony’s wife and two children, his brother Ridley and the rest of his family at this difficult time. Meanwhile, his fans will mourn the loss of another great filmmaker, definitely making this a very bleak summer for Hollywood.