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Director Tony Scott’s Death Under Investigation

Aug 20, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The death of famed film director and TV producer Tony Scott is under investigation by both the Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. County Coroner’s Office, the Los Angeles Times reports.

As reported previously, Scott, the director of “Top Gun” and “Crimson Tide” and the executive producer of TV series including “The Good Wife” and “Numb3rs,” jumped to his death Sunday from a bridge in San Pedro, Calif., in an apparent suicide.

“Los Angeles police first learned of the incident after 12:30 p.m. from a 911 caller who said that an unidentified man had leaped off the suspension bridge that connects San Pedro and Terminal Island. It’s a 185-foot fall from the bridge roadway to the waters of the L.A. Harbor,” the Times reports.

Scott’s body was pulled out of the water several hours later by divers from the L.A. Port Police, according to the report, which notes that an autopsy is planned. Scott was identified Sunday evening by the coroner.

Scott, the brother of film director Ridley Scott, most recently directed the 2010 feature “Unstoppable,” about a runaway freight train. The action director, a transplanted Brit living in Beverly Hills, was perhaps best known for the 1986 hit “Top Gun.”

Family spokesman Simon Halls said Scott’s family asked "that their privacy be respected at this time," the Times notes.

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