Director Tony Scott’s Death Officially Declared a Suicide — But a Key Piece of Information Is Missing

Oct 23, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Director Tony Scott’s death was officially determined to be a suicide on Monday, when the Los Angeles County Coroner released a findings summary following his Aug. 19 death, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.

The summary noted that toxicology tests found a "therapeutic level" of an antidepressant, Mirtazipine, and a sleeping aid, Zopiclone, the story notes. Scott died of "multiple blunt force injuries" and drowning after jumping from a bridge.

However, the Los Angeles Times notes that the new report fails to resolve what many people undoubtedly see as the central mystery: why Scott took his life.

“The L.A. County coroner’s report said Scott appeared to have had no major health problems, and coroner’s officials said interviews with family members and friends did not reveal a possible motive,” the paper reports.

The report does appear to put to rest a rumor that surfaced soon after Scott’s death, which indicated he had a brain tumor — a suggestion that his family strongly denied.

“Chief coroner’s investigator Craig Harvey said there was no indication of pre-existing conditions in Scott, based on both the autopsy and medical records,” the L.A. Times reports.

Said Harvey: "There was no evidence of neoplasia — cancer — identified."

Scott was 68 when he died.

The British-born Scott — the brother of filmmaker Ridley Scott — was behind a string of hit films including “Top Gun” (1986), “Beverly Hills Cop II” (1987), “Days of Thunder” (1990), “True Romance” (1993) and “Crimson Tide” (1995).

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