BBC News reports
that a coroner has confirmed that Ridley Scott's younger brother director and producer Tony Scott
, 68, has committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which links San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles.
British-born Scott, brother of Alien
, shot to fame in the 1980s with a number of action films. Scott was raised in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, in the north of England.
His films included hits: Top Gun
, Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder
and Beverly Hills Cop II.
The NY Daily News
reports that Scott jumped without hesitation and a suicide note was found in his Toyota Prius, left on an eastbound lane of the bridge. ABC local
state that a team of divers from Los Angeles Port Police pulled Scott's body from the water around 4:30 p.m. PT.
Scott leaves behind his wife, actress Donna Scott
and twin sons.