News: "Top Gun" Director Jumps To His Death From LA Bridge, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosario Dawson & Justin Timberlake React

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 7:27AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The man responsible for directing Hollywood classics like Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop 2 reportedly committed suicide Sunday (August 19) after jumping to his death from a Los Angeles bridge.

According to reports, 68 year-old director Tony Scott killed himself yesterday afternoon.

Tony Scott, the director of such high-octane blockbusters as "Top Gun" and "Days of Thunder," jumped to his death from a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday. He was 68. The authorities are investigating his death as a suicide, said Lt. Joseph Bale of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Lt. Bale said Mr. Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge over Los Angeles Harbor at about 12:30 p.m. local time Sunday afternoon. (New York Times)

A detailed account of his perceived suicide has also surfaced online.

Several witnesses told police they saw Scott get out of his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, about 12:30 p.m. Then he scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped off without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said. A source said officials looked inside the car and determined it belonged to the famed action-movie director and producer. A note listing contact information was inside. A suicide note was later found in his office. Its contents were not revealed. (Los Angeles Times)

The late Hollywood director is most known for his mid-to-late 1980's flicks.

Tony Scott became a household name in 1986 as director of the mega-hit "Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. He followed that up with the Eddie Murphy action movie, "Beverly Hills Cop II" in 1987. (CNN)

Blockbuster movie star Samuel L. Jackson shared his condolences to the Scott family Monday morning.

"Taking a moment to reflect on Tony Scott's life & work! My sympathies to his family. Feeling the loss!," he tweeted August 20th. (Samuel L. Jackson's Twitter)

Actress Rosario Dawson shared similar sentiments following Scott's passing.

"Tony Scott.... You left us too soon. How terribly sad. What a lovely, kind human being you were. I will love and miss you much. Blessings to your family. Rest In Peace.," she tweeted Monday. (Rosario Dawson's Twitter)

The director's death also caught the attention of music superstar Justin Timberlake.

"So sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. His movies made growing up more fun for me. My prayers and condolences to the Scott family." (Justin Timberlake's Twitter)

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