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Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Beverly Hills Cop II, has died after jumping from a Los Angeles bridge, authorities say.
The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lieutenant Joe Bale said.
"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement.
Several people called emergency services around 12.35pm (local time) to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbour, according to Los Angeles police Lieutenant 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.
Investigators found a note in Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, according to the Los Angeles Times. That note listed contact information. A suicide note was later found at his office.
The British-born Scott, who lived in Beverly Hills, was producer and director Ridley Scott's younger brother.
Distinct visual styles mark both siblings' films — Ridley Scott mastering the creation of entire worlds with such films as Gladiator, Blade Runner, Alien and this year's Prometheus, Tony Scott known for hyper-kinetic action and editing on such films as his most recent, the runaway train thriller Unstoppable, starring regular collaborator Denzel Washington.
Scott was a thrill-seeker himself in his personal life, an avid rock climber who also liked driving fast cars and motorcycles. Still, filmmaking was his real thrill.
"The biggest edge I live on is directing. That's the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life," Scott said in an interview for his 1995 naval adventure Crimson Tide. ''The scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production on all my movies. It's the fear of failing, the loss of face and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through."
Even Scott admitted that it was a challenge to infuse drama into some of his scenarios — for example, cars racing in circles in Days of Thunder. In an interview for that 1990 summer hit, Scott was blunt about where some of the ideas came from.
"I went back and I stole from all race movies to date," Scott said. "I took the better elements, then tried to build on them. Really, the speed, the energy and the placement of the audience inside some of the cars came in the editing room. ...
"I'm always pushing for something new and fresh in the way things are shot, and the rest happens in the editing room. ... The real speed comes from the cutters and what they do with the celluloid."
While Ridley Scott had an auspicious start to his film career with 1977's acclaimed period drama The Duellists and 1979's Alien, Tony Scott bombed with his debut, 1983's supernatural romance The Hunger, with David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.
He vaulted into Hollywood's top ranks the next time out, with Top Gun, followed a year later by Beverly Hills Cop II, both with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
In a tweet , director Ron Howard said, "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."
Other Scott films include True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino, The Fan, with Robert De Niro, and Enemy of the State, starring Will Smith.
Scott was married to actress Donna Scott, who appeared in several of her husband's films. They have twin sons.
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