Film director Tony Scott has reportedly jumped to his death in California. The Los Angeles County coroner's office has confirmed the death of the 68-year old "Top Gun" director by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday.
According to Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner, Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide and his shocking death has apparently made people ask the question "Why?"
According to reports, the police confirmed that several witnesses saw Tony Scott jump off the bride without hesitation. Los Angeles police Lt. Tim Nordquist also revealed that several people called 911 around 12:35 pm to report that someone jumped from the bridge that spans the San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles.
His body was retrieved from the water by the police and coast guard several hours later. One lane of the eastbound side of the bridge has been closed to traffic during the investigation.
Meanwhile, Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and then turned over to the county coroner's office. A suicide note was found in his office and another one in his black Toyota Prius car which listed contact information while it was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.
"I can confirm that Mr. Scott has indeed passed away. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time," a spokesman for the Scott family said. Tony Scott was married to actress Donna Scott and they have twin sons.
Tony Scott is well-known for directing films such as the David Bowie-starring vampire film "The Hunger," "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Days of Thunder," "The Last Boy Scout," "True Romance," "Crimson Tide," "Enemy of the State," "Spy Game," "Man on Fire," "Deja Vu," "The Taking of Pelham 123" and "Unstoppable." The film director often worked with critically acclaimed actor Denzel Washington and his "Top Gun" film starring Tom Cruise was one of the highest grossing films of 1986.
Tony Scott and his older brother, Ridley Scott, also produced films and such TV dramas as "Numb3rs" and "The Good Wife." According to reports, the Scott brothers recently wrapped "Coma," a four-hour, two-night medical thriller starring Ellen Burstyn which is set for release next month.
Scott was also scheduled to direct a "Top Gun" sequel and had an African refugee drama entitled "Emma's War" in production. "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day,'' director Ron Howard posted on Sunday in his "Twitter" account.