• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

OTRC: Tony Scott dies: 'Top Gun' director had brain cancer, report says

Director-producer Tony Scott is seen on the set of the 2004 film 'Man on Fire.' Scott, who directed such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died after apparently jumping off a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises)

"Top Gun" director Tony Scott, who died on Sunday after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles, had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News.

UPDATE: KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, quotes Los Angeles County Coroner Ed Winter as saying that Scott's family members say they were unaware the director had brain cancer.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed on Monday, according to ABC News. Scott is survived by his wife, Donna, and their twin sons.

Officials said the 68-year-old jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge that links San Pedro with Terminal Island. Several people called 911 around 12:35 p.m. reporting that someone had jumped from the bridge.

A dive team pulled Scott's body from the murky water several hours later and turned over to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, which said it was investigating the death as a suicide. Simon Halls, publicist for director Ridley Scott, Tony Scott's brother, confirmed the death to OnTheRedCarpet.com

"Tony Scott has indeed passed away," Halls said. "The family asks for privacy at this time."

Halls did not comment on the circumstances surrounding the death.

Scott's Toyota Prius was found parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge. Authorities said a suicide note was found inside.

The British-born Scott also directed other Hollywood blockbusters like "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II." He also produced "Prometheus" and "The A-Team," among numerous other films.

In a Tweet Sunday, director Ron Howard said, "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."

(Copyright ©2014 OnTheRedCarpet.com. All Rights Reserved.)

Load Comments