Director Tony Scott died Sunday after jumping off a bridge in what authorities are calling an apparent suicide. He was 68.
The Los Angeles County coroner's department confirms that Scott's body was found after an apparent jump from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. A note was found inside Scott's Toyota Prius parked on the bridge/
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
In 1985, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer signed Tony 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 to gross $176 million domestic and cement the star power 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.
Scott directed five films starring Denzel Washington: Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Unstoppable (2010).
His other films include The Hunger (1982), Revenge (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), The Fan (1996), Enemy of the State (1998) and Spy Game (2001).