Tony Scott, the director who helped define high-octane '80s action with his movies Top Gun (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), has died of an apparent suicide at age 68.
The Wrap reports that Scott jumped from a suspension bridge in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, and the coroner's office has confirmed that the British-born filmmaker's body was retrieved from the LA harbor. A suicide note was discovered in Scott's car, and The New York Daily News is reporting that a battle with inoperable brain cancer may have led to his suicide.
Scott worked for years as a commercial filmmaker before making his feature debut with The Hunger (1983), a Mr. Skin Hall-of-Famer that features Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve in one of the hottest lesbian scenes in SKINema history. That sort of Sapphic heat naturally caught Hollywood's attention, and box-office supremacy soon followed with films like Days of Thunder (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), and Man on Fire (2004). Scott's last film was 2010's Unstoppable, a runaway-train movie starring Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
[UPDATE: Scott's family is denying media reports that he was suffering from brain cancer. The Los Angeles county coroner's office says that it would not have a final cause of death for Scott for several weeks.]
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