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Top Gun director Tony Scott dies

Authorities said the 68-year-old jumped off a bridge in Los Angeles.

Image: Gus Ruelas/AP/Press Association Images

HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR TONY Scott has died. He was 68-years-old.

According to the LA Times, the Top Gun director jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon.

His body was taken from the water by Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol and US Coast Guard officials.

A suicide note has reportedly been found and a number of witnesses saw him climb over a fence and jump.

A native of England, Scott’s other mega blockbusters included Enemy of the State, Beverly Hills Cop II and Crimson Tide. He is survived by his wife Donna, their twin sons and his director brother Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus).

The Scott brothers worked together producing television shows, including The Good Wife and Numb3rs.

The sudden death has prompted an outpouring of grief from other celebrities on Twitter, including from The Good Wife’s Josh Charles, fellow producer Adam Shankman and actor Elijah Wood.

It had been rumoured recently that Scott was working on a Top Gun remake or sequel.

For information or support on mental health and suicide, contact the following organisations:

  • Samaritans 1850 60 90 900 or email
  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634
  • Console 1800 201 890
  • Aware 1890 303 302
  • Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email

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