'Top Gun' director jumps to death

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 09:41 hrs

Tony Scott, who directed popular Hollywood film 'Top Gun', died after jumping from a Los Angeles County Bridge on Sunday, police said.

He was 68.

Scott died after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro at around 12:30 pm, authorities said.

The police and coast guard pulled out the body of the director.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn was quoted as saying to the Daily Breeze that ´a suicide a note was found inside Scott´s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.´

Los Angeles County Coroner´s office said the death of the director was being investigated as a suicide.

"We will go where the facts take us. We have no reason to believe it was not a suicide," Los Angeles County Coroner´s Lt. Joe Bale told the BBC.

Scott was born at North Shields in England in 1944.

He was the younger brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott.

His popular films include The Hunger, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire, De'ja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable.

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