Filmmaker Tony Scott passed away earlier today at age 68 after an apparent suicide. The director jumped from the top of the Vincent Thomas Bridge that runs between San Pedro and Terminal Island near Long Beach, CA at just after 12:30 PM today.
According to L.A. Times, his body was pulled out of the water by Los Angeles Port Police, who were the first on the scene. Several witnesses told police they saw Scott get out of his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge. Then he scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped off without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said.
A source said officials looked inside the car and determined it belonged to the famed action-movie director and producer. A note listing contact information was inside. A suicide note was later found in his office. Its contents were not revealed.
After directing short films and TV episodes in the 1970s, the filmmaker made his feature debut with The Hunger in 1983. His follow-up was the blockbuster Top Gun that put him and star Tom Cruise on the map. His other credits include Beverly Hills Cop 2, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, and 2010's Unstoppable.
Tony Scott was also a prolific TV producer as well, serving as executive producer on Numb3rs and the current CBS hit series The Good Wife. He also produced The Andromeda Strain mini-series and The Pillars of the Earth.
The director was also developing the sequel Top Gun 2. He also executive produced the upcoming A&E mini-series Coma, with his brother Ridley Scott. He is survived by his wife, actress Donna W. Scott, and his twin sons.