Director Tony Scott and U.S. actor Denzel Washington pose during a photocall to promote the film "The Taking of Pelham 123" in Paris (Photo : Reuters)
In Los Angeles at 12:30pm, director Tony Scott jumped off of the Vincent Thomas Bridge into the Los Angeles Harbor, and has since been confirmed deceased.
Scott, 68, was a father of two and husband to model Donna Wilson. The director is said to have left a suicide note in his office, however its contents have not been revealed by the police.
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According to the Los Angeles Times, witnesses claim that Scott scaled the bridge's 8-to-10 foot fence "without hesitation."
Additionally, The Daily News reports that Scott may have been suffering from inoperable brain cancer at the time of his death.
Scott's most recent directorial work was the 2011 film "Unstoppable," starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. Perhaps his best known work is "Top Gun," the 1986 hit starring Tom Cruise.
However, "True Romance", one of Scott's lesser known films, garnered the warmest critical support of his entire career. Written by Quentin Tarantino, the film has a 91% average of positive ratings according to Rotten Tomatoes.
The deceased director once said that "There's one great script that hit my desk and I didn't change at all, and that was True Romance."
Scott's affection for the film matched up with its reception, something that eluded the director for the majority of his career.
Tony Scott co-owned the production company Scott Free with his brother Ridley Scott. The company produced television series such as "The Good Wife" and "Numb3rs", which air on CBS.
Tony had just finished producing the film "Out of the Furnace," starring Christian Bale, which is due out next year.
In a 1995 interview, the director spoke about the simultaneous fear and thrill of directing. "The scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production of all my movies. It's the fear of falling, the loss of face and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through."