Tony Scott, the director of such films as Top Gun and Crimson Tide, committed suicide yesterday by jumping off a bridge. But you already knew that. You also already knew that he had an inoperable brain tumor, which seemed like a pretty plausible reason for Tony’s actions. Except now Tony’s wife is telling investigators that he didn’t have cancer, and any reports that he did are “absolutely false.”
Tony’s autopsy is underway, but his brain hasn’t been checked yet, so they can’t confirm or deny the cancer just yet. And I guess it’s not unheard of that a guy would get the news that he has this serious an illness and then make a decision to end his life without telling his family, but it just seems a little suspicious.
But now here’s the second half of this story, the one where people are incredibly, inconceivably awful. Tony committed suicide around noon on a bridge in L.A., so obviously there were people around, right? A lot of those people apparently took photos and videos of the event, and now they’re trying to sell them.
Tony Scott’s fatal leap off an L.A. bridge was captured on tape by multiple cameras … one showing Tony crouched the moment he began to jump … and TMZ has learned the shots are being vigorously shopped around … for a price.
Multiple people reached for their cell phone cameras when they noticed a man climbing over a fence on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro in the middle of the day … and continued to roll as he jumped off and plummeted to his death.
Some people took photos … some recorded video. The footage was also captured by a surveillance camera from a nearby business.
TMZ has seen the footage … but we did not purchase the material. It’s unclear if another media outlet has taken the bait.
I don’t understand so many things about this. Why would someone’s first instinct be to pull out a phone and document this? I could understand being in shock over seeing this whole thing unfold, and if the reports that Tony didn’t hesitate at all are true, then how did people have time to take pictures? If you had time to take pictures, wouldn’t you have time to try to help the guy, or at least try to alert someone that this was happening? And then how could you even try to sell that? Is there something I’m not getting here, or are people honestly just this shitty?
August 21, 2012 at 5:30 am by Emily
Famed director Tony Scott — who directed “Top Gun” among many other major films — jumped to his death today off an L.A. bridge … this according to the L.A. County Coroner.
According to the Coroner, 68-year-old Scott — Ridley Scott’s brother — jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island around 12:30pm.
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn said a suicide note was found in Scott’s Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.
Scott directed such films as “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Enemy of the State,” and “The Taking of Pelham 123.”
Authorities used sonar equipment to find Scott’s body in the port’s murky waters. His body was recovered at approximately 4:30pm … four hours after he jumped.
Too, too sad. I know it probably sounds silly and stereotypical and rather uneducated to say, but it always floors me when someone in such an advanced age would kill themselves. It’s like, you’ve lived this long, what could be so bad that you’d want to cut it short with a suicide?
RIP Tony, and condolences to the family. Man.
Update: It was confirmed that Scott suffered from an inoperable brain tumor, so I guess *that’s* why you’d kill yourself at the age of sixty-eight. TMZ also claims that there were two notes left at the scene—one was a suicide note, allegedly detailing why Tony took his own life, and another was a “contact” list of people to call so they’d know that Tony was gone.
A new report from People also claims that Tony didn’t even hesitate when he jumped:
Witnesses told authorities that at around 12:35 p.m., the filmmaker left his parked Toyota Prius on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the city of San Pedro, scaled an 8- to 10-ft.-high fence and then leapt without hesitation.