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Published On: Mon, Aug 20th, 2012

Tony Scott, director of ‘Top Gun,’ ‘True Romance,’ commits suicide by jumping from bridge

Investigators are probing the death of “Top Gun” director Tony Scott, talking to witnesses who saw the filmmaker jump to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro.

Tony Scott and Denzel Washington “Man on Fire” set photo/20th Century Fox

Los Angeles police responded to a 911 that an unidentified man had leaped off of the 185-foot suspension bridge that connects San Pedro and Terminal Island.

According to witness, police say Scott exited his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, about 12:30 p.m. Then he scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped off without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said.

A note in the car had contact information for his wife. A suicide note was later found in his office. Its contents were not revealed.

His body was pulled out of the water several hours later by divers from the Los Angeles Port Police.

The L.A. County coroner’s office identified Scott on Sunday evening.

Scott was a respected director and producer, especially action films such as “Enemy of the State,” “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” “Spy Game,” “True Romance” and “Top Gun.”

The British filmmaker most recently served as producer on “Prometheus,” directed by his brother, Ridley Scott.

Tom Cruise and Tony Scott on “Days of Thunder” set photo Paramount Pictures

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