Mon August 20, 2012 2:55pm
Top Gun director Tony Scott has fallen to his death from a Los Angeles bridge, Los Angeles County coroner's officials have told US media.
Top Gun director Tony Scott has fallen to his death from a Los Angeles bridge, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said.
Various US media, including Variety magazine, quoted coroner's officials and port police as saying that the 68-year-old brother of director Ridley Scott fell from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles about 12.30pm on Sunday local time.
Los Angeles County Coroner's Lieutenant Joe Bale said Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide.
"There's nothing to indicate it is anything else at this time," he told CNN.
The Los Angeles Times quoted a spokesman for Scott's family as saying: "I can confirm that Mr Scott has indeed passed away. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time."
Several people called 911 about 12.35pm to report that someone had jumped from the bridge, Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Tim Nordquist said.
A diving team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later, Lieutenant Nordquist said. The body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner's office.
One lane of the eastbound side of the bridge, which opened in 1963 and is about 56 metres above the harbour, was closed to traffic during the investigation.
US Coast Guard Lieutenant Jennifer Osburn told the Daily Breeze that a suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.
The two brothers ran Scott Free Productions and were working jointly on a film called Killing Lincoln, based on the bestseller by Bill O'Reilly.
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