Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott, committed suicide at approximately 12:30 pm on Sunday, August 19, 2012 by jumping off of the highest point on the Vincent Thomas Bridge and into the Los Angeles Harbor. Police reports indicate that the 68-year-old left a suicide note inside his car parked on the bridge and that he took the fateful leap, "without hesitation." UPDATE: ABC News says Scott was told he had inoperable brain cancer prior to this death, however other sites, like TMZ, report via Scott's wife that he did not have brain cancer. While further tests will need to be conducted, sources also tell TMZ that there was no evidence of brain cancer in the initial autopsy report.
Despite being a total stranger to millions of movie fans all over the planet, it's difficult to hear of news like this and not feel an immediate and guttural loss of a great artist. Whether you've loved every film Tony Scott directed or not, there's no questioning that his distinct visual style and decidedly adult tone was a constant source of energy in Hollywood. Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire-- if you love action movies, at least one of those is surely a favorite.
And that's to say nothing of Tony Scott's producing duties both individually and as cofounder of Scott Free productions. He had his hand in bringing the world fine and varied films like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Cyrus, The A-Team, and in 2012 both The Grey and Prometheus. He's also a producer on next year's Stoker, the Hollywood debut of Oldboy director Chan-wook Park. The man was, and will remain to be, a consummate taste maker.
Tony Scott is survived by his wife and two children. Our heart goes out to his family, friends and fans everywhere.