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Top Gun Director Tony Vincent Had Inoperable Brain Cancer

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New details have emerged surrounding the apparent suicide of director Tony Scott over the weekend.

ABC News is reporting that Tony Scott, director of Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Crimson Tide, had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News.

The director died Sunday after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles, authorities said.

Police said they received a 911 call at about 12:30 p.m. that an individual had jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The body was recovered around 3 p.m. when it was identified by authorities as Scott, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.

According to law enforcement officials, Scott left a suicide note in his office, though police have declined to reveal what was detailed in the letter. “The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time,” a spokesman for the director said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Scott, 68, was perhaps best known for directing 1986’s fighter pilot action film Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise. The duo worked again in the NASCAR-themed 1990 film Days of Thunder.

The British-born director also frequently worked with Denzel Washington, most recently in the 2010 film Unstoppable. They collaborated on four other films: Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu and The Taking of Pelham 123.

Scott was the younger brother of producer and director Ridley Scott. Together, the brothers formed their own production company, Scott Free Productions, which also produced the CBS dramas NUMB3RS and The Good Wife. The summer sci-fi thriller Prometheus was their company’s latest film.

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 is survived by his wife, Donna, and their twin sons.


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