Details are emerging about the death of filmmaker Tony Scott, whose apparent suicide sent shock waves through Hollywood yesterday. Witnesses saw the 68-year-old director of such classic action movies as “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Enemy of the State” and most recently “Unstoppable” park his Prius on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif., around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, climb the 8- to 10-foot fence and jump off.
He reportedly left a suicide note in his office, the contents of which were not revealed. Although Scott reported no recent health problems publicly, a source close to him told ABC News that he had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
Scott often collaborated with Denzel Washington (“Unstoppable,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Deja Vu,” “Man on Fire” and “Crimson Tide”) as well as his older brother, director Ridley Scott, whose “Prometheus” he had just produced. The pair also executive produced Emmy-nominated “The Good Wife” through their Scott Free Productions.
Tony Scott latest project was producing “Out of the Furnace,” which just completed filming. The movie, starring Christian Bale, is scheduled to be released next year. Scott is survived by his wife Donna and their twin sons.
Photo: Tony Scott on the set of “Deja Vu”