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Director-producer Tony Scott is seen on the set of the 2004 film Man on Fire. Scott  died after apparently jumping off a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. - Provided courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises

'Top Gun' director Tony Scott dead in apparent suicide

08/19/2012 by Willian Avila

"Top Gun" director-Tony Scott apparently jumped to his death from a Los Angeles bridge Sunday, according to the coroner's office.

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Officials said the 68 year old jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge that links San Pedro with Terminal Island. Several people called 911 around 12:35 p.m. reporting that someone had jumped from the bridge.

A dive team pulled Scott's body from the murky water several hours later and turned over to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, which said it was investigating the death as a suicide.

Simon Halls, publicist for director Ridley Scott, Tony Scott's brother, confirmed the death to On The Red Carpet.

"Tony Scott has indeed passed away," Halls said. "The family asks for privacy at this time."

Halls did not comment on the circumstances surrounding the death.

Scott's Toyota Prius was found parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge. Authorities said a suicide note was found inside.

The British-born Scott, brother of director Ridley Scott, also directed other Hollywood blockbusters like "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II." He also produced "Prometheus" and "The A-Team," among numerous other films.

In a tweet Sunday, director Ron Howard said, "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."

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