Report Offers Possible Explanation for Director Tony Scott’s Suicide

Aug 20, 2012  •  Post A Comment

[Updated 8-21-2012, 11:23 PT. ABC News has replaced its original story about Scott having inoperable brain cancer. To see our story about this change, please click here. Our new story is entitled "ABC News Reposts Online Story About Tony Scott. New, Replacement Story Has Headline ‘Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt.’ Original Story at Same URL Had Headline: ‘ ‘Top Gun’ Director Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer"]

A possible explanation has surfaced for the suicide death of film director and TV producer Tony Scott, who died Sunday in a leap from a bridge in the Los Angeles area.

ABC News is reporting that Scott, the director of “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder” and “Crimson Tide,” had inoperable brain cancer.

Authorities found a number of notes to loved ones in the director’s car on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, and a suicide note was later found at his office, according to media reports.

Scott, who executive produced a number of television series including the CBS dramas “Numb3rs” and “The Good Wife,” was the younger brother of director Ridley Scott. The two brothers were partners in Scott Free Productions, which released “Prometheus” this year.

Ridley Scott was reportedly seen in London boarding a plane for Los Angeles. An autopsy on Tony Scott was scheduled for today.

Ed Winter, the assistant chief coroner for Los Angeles County, told the New York Daily News: "The autopsy is scheduled for this morning. We might (see a brain issue), but we don’t have anything medically confirmed at this time.”

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