Director Tony Scott Dies After Leaping Off a Bridge

Director, who worked with Denzel Washington, is dead after apparent suicide.

Posted: 08/20/2012 10:07 AM EDT
Tony Scott

Tony Scott, who directed Denzel Washington in several films, died Sunday afternoon after leaping off a bridge in Los Angeles County.


As a high-octane action film director, Scott, 68, worked with Washington on a total of five films: Unstoppable, Déjà vu, Man on Fire, Crimson Tide and The Taking of Pelham 123. He is also the younger brother of Hollywood producer and director Ridley Scott.


The authorities were alerted by several people reporting that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which spans San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor.


The British director’s body was pulled from the water several hours later, according to police. After his body was taken to a dock in Wilmington it was turned over to the county coroner’s office.


According to The Los Angeles Times, inside of Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, there was a note listing contact information. Later, a suicide note was also found.


Tony Scott first came to prominence after directing the blockbuster hit Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, in 1986. The following year he would helm Bevery Hills Cop II, starring Eddie Murphy.


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