Monday, August 20, 2012

Tony Scott 1944-2012

What horrible news to wake up to. Yesterday, director Tony Scott took his life by jumping to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, according to Los Angeles County coroner officials. First reports were murky as to why Scott would decide to take his life, but now ABC News is reporting from independent sources that Scott was recently diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

Here's the report from the Daily Breeze:
Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off "without hesitation" around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner's Department and port police. 
A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn.

Scott was known for his unique style and editing of his films. Some of his credits include one of my favorites, TOP GUN, TRUE ROMANCE, CRIMSON TIDE, MAN ON FIRE, THE HUNGER, DEJA VU, THE TAKING OF PHELHAM 123, and his most recent film, UNSTOPPABLE. He also has produced films with his brother, Ridley Scott, including PROMETHEUS, and he was set to help produce the sequel.

We lost a truly unique voice in film making yesterday, and our thoughts go out to his wife and two sons as they begin to deal with this horrible tragedy.

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