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)
Hollywood director Tony Scott's death has left many unanswered questions and rumors. The British-born director jumped to his death on Sunday off of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles.
Reports of brain cancer were dismissed by a chief for the coroner's office, Craig Harvey, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The family told us it is incorrect that he has inoperable brain cancer," Harvey said.
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According to witnesses' reports to The Times, Scott, 68, appeared nervous prior to jumping nearly 200 feet to his death. Police first learned of his death at 12:30 p.m. after a 911 call from a witness. His body was recovered about three hours later by divers from the Los Angeles Port Police.
All signs point to suicide and the death is being investigated as such. The Los Angeles Times reports that Scott left a suicide note in his office and that he left "instructional" notes for family members and friends.
Scott's jump was witnessed by many on the bridge and there are reports that several witnesses who photographed and video-taped his death were shopping around a video to different media sites. Celebrity gossip site, TMZ, posted it had seen the tape but decided against its purchase.
The director was known for his consistent box-office hits, including "Top Gun," "Enemy of the Sate," and "Man on Fire." His latest project, with his brother Ridley Scott, was as the producer for "Prometheus."
Scott leaves behind his wife, actress and model Donna Wilson behind, along with their two sons.