Top Gun Director Tony Scott Plunges to His Death in Los Angeles
Reposted from a story by: Neala Johnson From: AP August 20, 2012 1:52PM
Tony Scott in October 2010 at the premiere of Unstoppable. Source: AP
Mia’s Thoughts- People have this idea that people who commit suicide are loners who have empty lives and never achieved anything, who live alone and if they ever were married are now divorced. Teens who commit suicide are thought of as geeks, as the school wierdo, the one who can’t connect — BULLSHIT. Suicide is not a high school clique, you don’t walk into the lunch room and say they’re the cheerleaders and they’re the jocks and “oh yeah that table will be dead next week?” Tony Scott was living the dream. If you looked in from the outside he had it all but obviously he didn’t have peace. So folks, if your CEO husband or PhD spouse is depressed don’t dare say “what are you depressed about you have it all.” If a Hollywood mogul can write two suicide notes and park calmly and walk to the edge and jump with all he had, then finally, we the community might get the message.
Suicide isn’t painless. It isn’t a club with very small membership and it’s not a table in the lunch room. It’s a horrible life shattering last choice. So please, before you choose suicide talk to someone. If you are a LGBT young person, call the Trevor project their number is on this blog.
Tony had a beautiful wife, twin babies and a brother who was his partner, and movie going public, who loved his work, but he didn’t have the one thing he needed. Looking for it at the bottom of the Harbour doesn’t work, it didn’t work for him, and it won’t work for you — please choose life.
The LA County coroner’s office confirmed that the 68-year-old scaled and jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro at around 12.30pm on Sunday.
His body was retrieved from the water by the police and coast guard.
Scott’s death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Joe Bale said.
Police confirmed that several witness saw Scott jump, apparently without hesitation.
Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer in November 2010 at the BAFTA’s in Los Angeles. Source: Getty Images
Several people called 911 around 12.35pm to report that someone had jumped from the bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles police Lt Tim Nordquist.
A dive team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later, Nordquist said.
Scott’s body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner’s office.
One lane of the eastbound side of the bridge was closed to traffic during the investigation.
A suicide note was found in his office and another note in his black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.
Tony Scott at the Paris premiere of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 at the Hotel Le Bristol on July 20, 2009. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images
Brother of Prometheus director Ridley, Scott had often worked with Denzel Washington on films including recent hit Unstoppable, Man on Fire, Deja Vu and The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3.
An action specialist, Scott also steered The Last Boy Scout, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II and True Romance.
He ran a production company, Scott Free, with Ridley.
Scott was scheduled to direct a Top Gun sequel and had an African refugee drama, Emma’s War, in production.
Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, was one of the highest-grossing films of 1986. The pair worked together again four years later on the hit Days of Thunder.
In a tweet on Sunday, director Ron Howard said, ”No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.”
Scott was married to actress Donna Scott. They have twin sons.