Director Tony Scott Dead in Apparent Suicide

by Krista Wick 8:50 PM PDT, August 19, 2012
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Famed filmmaker Tony Scott jumped to his death from a Southern California bridge on Sunday, a representative from the Los Angeles coroner's office confirmed to ET.

"Anthony David Scott jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge around noon today," said lieutenant Bale of Scott's leap from the San Pedro landmark. "The body was recovered around 3 p.m. It's being investigated as a suicide right now, but the investigation is ongoing."

A suicide note was found in the Top Gun director's black Prius, the U.S. Coast Guard revealed to local paper The Daily Breeze. His vehicle was discovered parked near the bridge.

"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's publicist Simon Halls said in a statement to ET.

The 68-year-old British born director helmed Days of Thunder, Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and Crimson Tide to name a few.

He is the brother of filmmaker Ridley Scott, with whom he was partners with in the production company, Scott Free Productions which produces the hit CBS series, The Good Wife.