Tony Scott, the director of Hollywood blockbusters like Top Gun and Unstoppable, committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles Harbor last night in an apparent suicide. Today, it was discovered that the 68-year-old had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, according to ABC News.
The British-born director, who left behind twin sons, wife Donna Scott, and brother Ridley Scott, was seen parking his Prius, climbing an eight- to ten-foot-tall fence, and jumping to his death in the Los Angeles Habor from the Vincent Thomas Bridge at around 12:35 yesterday. Although he left behind two notes for friends and family, his sudden death has been a mystery. The news about his health–which was offered by an anonymous source who was close to him–is the first clue as to why he committed suicide.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is planning an autopsy, although they say all evidence suggests it was a suicide. Simon Halls, a spokesman for Scott’s family, said the family asked “that their privacy be respected at this time,” and the police haven’t revealed any further details about his suicide note or health condition at the time of death.
This is sad news for his family, friends, and fans, but it’s also a sad reminder of the estimated 1 million deaths caused by suicide per year in the U.S., according to the CDC.