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Suicide of Tony Scott

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Anthony David Leighton Scott (21 June 1944 - 19 August 2012) was an English film director and producer. He was known for directing highly successful action and thriller movies such as Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Fan (1996), Enemy of the State (1998), Man on Fire (2003), Deja Vu (2006) and Unstoppable (2010). Scott was the younger brother of Sir Ridley Scott. They both graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and were among a generation of British film directors who were successful in Hollywood having started their careers making television commercials.


On 19 August 2012, Scott died by suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles.

On 22 August 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office announced the cause of death as "multiple blunt force injuries." Therapeutic levels of mirtazapine and eszopiclone were in his system at the time of death. A coroner's official said Scott "did not have any serious underlying medical conditions" and that there was "no anatomic evidence of neoplasia identified."


After Scott's demise, many actors paid tribute to him, including Tom Cruise, Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Eddie Murphy, Elijah Wood, Dane Cook, Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Fry, Peter Fonda, and Keira Knightley, as well as musical collaborators Hybrid. Cruise complimented Scott as "a creative visionary whose make on film is immeasurable." Denzel Washington, Scott's most frequent acting collaborator, said, "Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is gone now."

The first episode of Coma and the first episode of season 4 of The Good Wife were dedicated to his memory. His brother Ridley's films The Counselor and Exodus: Gods and Kings were also dedicated in memory of him.


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