19 August 2012 9:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Director Tony Scott died Sunday after jumping off a bridge in what authorities are calling an apparent suicide. He was 68. The L.A. coroner's department confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Scott's body was found dead after an apparent jump from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. A note was found inside Scott's Prius parked on the bridge. "We are treating this as a suicide investigation," a rep for the coroner's department tells THR.  His death was confirmed by his publicist Simon Halls, who had no further details and requested that the family's privacy be respected at this time. The Englishman was seven years younger than his brother and partner in Scott Free Productions, Ridley Scott. In 1985, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer signed Scott to direct Top Gun, impressed by a commercial he had done for Swedish automaker Saab in the early 1980s in which a car races a fighter jet. Top Gun went on the gross $176 million domestic and make a star of Tom Cruise. Scott reteamed with Simpson and Bruckheimer in 1987 to direct Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop II and in 1990 with the NASCAR-set Days of Thunder, again starring Cruise. »

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