I have some incredibly sad and shocking news to share with tonight. Top Gun director Tony Scott has died at the age of 68. According to authorities Scott died on Sunday August 19th after jumping off of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. This was confirmed by the L.A. coroner's department who said, "We are treating this as a suicide investigation." A note was found inside Scott's Prius parked on the bridge. His death was also confirmed by his publicist Simon Halls, who also requested that the family's privacy be respected.
This news came out of left field, and I'm completely floored by it. Scott was an incredible director that has made some awesome films in his career such as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Domino, Deja Vu, Unstoppable, Enemy of the State and The Taking of Pelham 123.
He had a thriving career, I don't want to think about what drove him to do such a thing. It's always devastating to hear about anyone taking their own life, where things get so bad that they don't see any other way out.
Tony Scott will be missed, but our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Here's a showreel I found featuring several of the film projects Scott has directed over the years.