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Tony Scott: Did Fear of Failure Get the Better of Him in Suicide Leap?

Tony Scott’s motive for ending his life in a meticulous, if dramatic, way by jumping off a Los Angeles bridge, is still a mystery. He reportedly was “burning with excitement” over several upcoming projects just days before his death, according to those who worked with him.

It’s unknown at the moment what he wrote in his suicide note, but those who were with him in the days leading up to his death saw no signs that he was despondent.

Scott, 68, reportedly met with actor Tom Cruise days before his suicide to discuss a sequel to their hit movie “Top Gun.” Tom Rothman, chairman of 20th Century Fox, said Scott was “burning with excitement” during a meeting two weeks before his death.

Scott’s wife Donna Wilson Scott refuted a report by ABC News that her husband had brain cancer, calling the report “absolutely false.” Preliminary results from an autopsy also did not find cancer. The final report is expected in several weeks.

Among his projects, Scott was working on a project entitled “Narco-Sub,” about underwater drug-trafficking and a western, “Lucky Strike,” and a remake of the 1969 western “The Wild Bunch.”

Scott was known as a trill seeker, who loved climbing rocks and driving fast. But in the end his own work may have done him in.

“The biggest edge I live on is directing,” Scott said in an 1995 interview. “That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life.

“It’s the fear of failing, the loss of face and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through,” he added.

Maybe this time, his fear got the better of him.

Scott leaves two young twin sons, in addition to his wife Donna, a model and actress.

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