UPDATE: Tony's wife told investigators the rumor that he had inoperable brain cancer is "absolutely false."
More news is developing with the sudden death of Tony Scott.
The action film director's apparent suicide came as a shock to fans and the film community alike. But, what seemed like an unexpected and rash decision, could now be linked to the director’s medical record.
An undisclosed source close to Scott has told ABC news that he was suffering from incurable brain cancer. The diagnosis could have prompted his decision to take his own life on Sunday.
No further information has been revealed about Scott’s medical history, however, an autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.
The director was reportedly spotted jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. According to ABC, his body was recovered by authorities around 3:00 p.m. that same day and is currently being held by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
In addition to the medical rumor, it is also being reported that Scott left several notes to loved ones in his Toyota Prius parked by the bridge. A suicide note was also recovered later on in his office.
Scott was best known for sporting his directorial talents in the action classic Top Gun. Since his death, former colleagues and personalities in the film industry have spoken out with their condolences to Scott’s family, including Val Kilmer who starred as Iceman in the film.
Kilmer tweeted a message to the late director, telling him that he would be missed.
RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed. ow.ly/d5Ngo
— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 20, 2012
Scott is survived by his wife and their two sons, as well as his brother Ridley Scott.