'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge

'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, director Tony Scott arrives at the premiere of "Unstoppable" in Los Angeles. Authorities say Scott died after jumping of a bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)

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Posted on August 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County Bridge, authorities said.

Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

The 68-year-old Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles, authorities said.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn told the Daily Breeze that a suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

The British-born Scott was producer Ridley Scott's brother.

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