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OTRC: Tom Cruise remembers Tony Scott: 'Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him'

Actor Tom Cruise released a statement about the death of director Tony Scott and called him a "dear friend."

The 50-year-old actor collaborated with Scott on films like "Top Gun" and "Days of Thunder."

"Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him," Cruise said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on August 20. "He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time."

Scott died at the age of 68 on Sunday, August 19 after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which links San Pedro with Terminal Island. An autopsy is set to be performed on Monday, according to the news outlet. Scott is survived by his wife, Donna, and their twin sons.

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.

Scott and Cruise reportedly met up with each other as late as Friday, August 17, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to research a sequel to the 1986 film "Top Gun." The industry paper reports that the two were touring a Naval air station in Nevada.

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

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