Mystery continues to surround the weekend suicide of lensman Tony Scott. But the director’s family wants one rumor cleared from the record: Scott did not have inoperable brain cancer, they say.
Scott jumped to his death from Vincent Thomas Bridge into the Los Angeles Harbor on Sunday.
He was seen parking his car on the cable-suspension bridge which connects the port district of San Pedro to Terminal Island before jumping into the water at 12:30 p.m. PST. Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter stated the filmmaker’s shocking passing “was reported as a suicide” and noted that “there was a note found at [Tony’s] office by friends.”
His body was recovered from the harbor about three hours later.
It didn’t take long for the Rumor Mill to kick into overdrive. ABC News initially reported Monday that a source said Scott, 68, had an inoperable brain tumor. A source close to Scott told The New York Post:
“He had been in the hospital earlier this summer, in the past few months, and he had been recuperating. The official story was it was a hip operation, but people suspected he underwent another cancer operation.”
Tony’s widow, Donna Scott, told investigators that reports of brain cancer are “absolutely false.” She added that Top Gun director Tony did not have any other severe medical issues that would have caused him to take his own life.
The British-born director — the young brother of Prometheus’ Ridley Scott — is best known for his action films which include Beverly Hills Cop II and Enemy of the State.