" ‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon," reports the Los Angeles Times.
The story continues, "Several witnesses told police they saw Scott get out of his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. 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. The coroner’s office identified Scott on Sunday evening."
Scott, 68, was the brother of director Ridley Scott. Tony Scott produced "Prometheus," his brother Ridley’s latest movie, the Times says.
The story also notes that Tony’s "career in television included executive producing the series ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Numb3rs,’ both on CBS."
Entertainment Weekly writes, "In the wake of Tony Scott’s tragic passing Sunday night due to an apparent suicide, [‘Numb3rs’ star David] Krumholtz posted a heartfelt remembrance of his former exec producer via Twitter. ‘He was wild and big and crazy and uncontrollable and he gave it his all, every moment, because he believed in his crew, his cast, and the show,’ Krumholtz writes. ‘It saddens me that something inside him told him to take his incredible life spirit away from us, from the film making community.’ "
The Times says Tony Scott "established his career as a commercial director and continued to make television spots late into his career. Before becoming a filmmaker, Scott was a painter."
"Scott was married three times and had twin sons with his third wife, actress and model Donna Wilson," the Times article notes.
Some of Tony Scott’s other notable films include ‘‘The Hunger,’’ ‘‘Beverly Hills Cop II,’’ ‘‘Days of Thunder,’’ ‘‘True Romance,’’ "Crimson Tide" and the 2009 version of "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3."