Tony Scott is dead at the age of 68 after throwing himself from a Los Angeles bridge in what is being investigated as suicide.
A statement was released shortly after by Mr Scott's spokesperson Simon Halls reading: 'I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time.' According to information from Lt Jo Bale at the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, Scott jumped nearly 200 feet from the Vincent Thomas Bridge; a suspension bridge which links San Pedro to Terminal Island and crosses over Los Angeles Harbor; at 12:30 local time on Sunday after parking his vehicle nearby. His body was retrieved from the water around three hours later and reports reveal that he left notes in his car and office but the contents are as yet unconfirmed. 'We have no reason to believe it was not a suicide', said Lt Bale but revealed that a post mortem was yet to take place. The Primetime Emmy award winner from North Shields in England was most well known in the '80s and '90s for producing and directing blockbuster action movies with his characteristic style of digital effects and fast editing. He directed and produced 'Domino' starring Keira Knightley and 'Man on Fire' starring Denzel Washington. He worked on several films in his prolific career featuring Washington, including 'Crimson Tide', 'Deja Vu' and 'Unstoppable'. He was the brother of 'Alien' director Ridley Scott with whom he worked on sci-fi thriller 'Prometheus' which came out this year and was set to start work on the sequel prior to his death. He was also rumored to start work on 'Top Gun 2' with actor Tom Cruise to follow on from the 1986 movie. Scott's other projects include working as a director on 'Enemy of the State', 'Beverly Hills Cop II' and, most recently, producing 'Out of the Furnace' which is currently in post-production.
Ridley Scott's death has triggered an outpouring of shocked and aggrieved comments on Twitter, many from fellow filmmakers and actors. 'The Da Vinci Code' director Ron Howard Tweeted: 'No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day' and 'Sin City's Robert Rodriguez said: 'Damn. Great knowing you, buddy. Thanks for the inspiration, advice, encouragement, and the decades of great entertainment.' Rodriguez wasn't the only one who was left inspired and mesmerised as a movie director; Duncan Jones insisted that Scott 'took me under his wing [and] ignited my passion to make films'. Author, actor and National Treasure Stephen Fry described Scott as 'a fine film-maker' and a 'charming, modest man.'