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Tony Scott Family Shoots Down Brain Cancer Report

Tony Scott working with actor Mickey Rourke on 2005 movie ‘Domino.’

Tony Scott’s family rebuffed a widely reported story that the director took his life because he had brain cancer. The story originated on a usually reputable television news network ABC and was widely reported. That shifts the focus back to depression.

Scott, 68, best known for directing such movies as “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Unstoppable,” leaped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in LA on Sunday. He left a suicide note.

TheImproper first reported that depression, the leading cause of suicide, was likely a factor in his sudden and seemingly inexplicable plunge more than 200 feet to his death. Then, ABC, citing an unnamed source, reported that Scott was despondent over a brain cancer diagnosis.

The report was followed up by a similar “sourced” story in The New York Post. But Scott’s wife Donna Wilson Scott yesterday (Aug. 20) told the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office that Scott did not have cancer or any other known illness.

“The family told us it is incorrect that he has inoperable brain cancer,” Craig Harvey, a chief at the coroner’s office told The Los Angeles Times.

Preliminary report from an autopsy also stated that no cancer was found, according to gossip site TMZ.

Scott was determined when he stopped his black Toyota Prius on the bridge, swiftly climbed a safety fence and jumped as recreational boaters and other motorists looked on. An underwater rescue team recovered his body about two hours after he jumped. He likely was traveling at 115mph to 125mph when he hit the water.

He leaves behind twin sons and his wife Donna, a model and actress who had appeared in some of his films.

Scott had also recently completed filming “Out of the Furnace,” with Christian Bale and was working on a sequel to his top-grossing film “Top Gun” with Tom Cruise.

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