Director Tony Scott’s suicide is still steeped in mystery. An examination of the suicide note indicated no motive for his plunge from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles on Aug. 20.
Scott, 68, left a suicide note at his office and contact information for his wife in his Toyota Prius, found parked on the bridge after he leaped almost 200 feet to his death.
An early report by ABC News claimed that Scott discovered he had inoperable brain cancer and did not want to put his family through the ordeal of treatment. But Scott’s wife, Donna Wilson Scott, refuted the claim. Scott had no known illness, much less cancer, she said.
It was hoped his suicide not would provide some explanation for the meticulously planned death. But the note Scott left for his family members did not contain a motive, gossip site TMZ reported. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed no motive was mentioned, according to the Associated Press.
Scott’s decision to take his own life shocked his friends and colleagues, who said he was looking forward to the projects he was working on, including a sequel to one of his biggest hits, “Top Gun,” with Tom Cruise. He also had just finished filming “Out of the Furnace,” with Christian Bale which will debut next year.
Witness said he climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge and jumped “without hesitation,” according to, The Contra Costa Times. Police were called by several of those witnesses. His body was recovered by a dive team a few hours later.
His brother, the famed director Ridley Scott flew in from the UK and is in Los Angeles.
Depression is the most frequent cause of suicide and Scott could have been suffering from the illness without family members knowing.
He once said he loved directing, but called it 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.