Top Gun Director Tony Scott Jumps to His Death in Los Angeles

August 20, 2012 By:
Top Gun Director Tony Scott Jumps to His Death in Los Angeles

It is some tragic news that even a bad Top Gun joke couldn’t fix…

Tony Scott has died at the age of 68. He reportedly took his own life by jumping by to his death from a Los Angeles bridge. The news comes as a shock to film fans and those closets to Scott alike.

According to TMZ, Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which connects San Pedro and Terminal Island. His time of death is being reported as 12:30 p.m.

Scott’s body was located by authorities in the harbor approximately 4 hours after he jumped using sonar technology.

The Los Angeles Times reports that witnesses have told police that they saw Scott jump. The director climbed a fence atop the bridge of about 8- to 10-feet tall and jumped without hesitation.


Reportedly, a note with all of the director’s contact information was discovered inside his Toyota Prius upon inspection. A suicide note was later found at his office.

Scott’s body has been turned over to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office that has since confirmed the director’s identity as of Sunday evening.

A man of working-class English roots, Scott was know for his directorial and producing contributions in classic action films like Top Gun, Man on Fire, Enemy of the State, and Beverly Hills Cop II.

Recently, Scott had served as executive producer on television series “The Good Wife” and “Numb3rs.”

His last film, Unstoppable, about a runaway freight train, opened in theaters in 2010. He had just completed filming for a film called Out of the Furnace, staring Christian Bale.

Scott is survived by his third wife, Donna Wilson, and their two sons.