Tony Scott, best known for directing films like “Top Gun” and the brother of Director Ridley Scott, committed suicide in dramatic fashion, jumping from a Los Angeles bridge “without hesitation,” according to reports.
The 68-year-old director leaves wife Donna Wilson Scott, and their twin sons, Frank and Max, making his suicide all the more puzzling.
Scott, however, left a suicide note and other contact information for his wife in his Toyota Prius before jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles.
Completed in 1963, “San Pedro’s Golden Gate” was the first bridge constructed on pilings, according to the city’s Web site. The roadway is almost 200 feet above the water, making death all but certain for anyone who jumps. Scott also had to scale a fence to get over the side.
In another odd twist, the British-born director’s career was flourishing. He was working on a “Top Gun” sequel, in which Tom Cruise had signed on to star in. Jerry Bruckheimer was also lined up to produce. He also had just finished filming “Out of the Furnace,” with Christian Bale which will debut next year.
Depression is the leading cause of suicide, and people who’ve survived suicide attempts have reported wanting not so much to die as to stop living, according to Psychology Today.
Severe depression is always accompanied by a pervasive sense of suffering as well as the belief that escape from it is hopeless, the report says. Scott seemed determined to end his life.
Witness said he climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge and jumped “without hesitation,” according to, local newspaper The Contra Costa Times. Police were called by several of those witnesses. His body was recovered by a dive team four hours later.