Top Gun director who jumped to his death may have had cancer

Tony Scott, director of blockbusters such as Top Gun and Days of Thunder, jumped from a bridge in Los Angeles and died on Sunday. He was 68.

Scott’s death is being investigated as a suicide, and a suicide note was reportedly found in his office.

Witnesses are now coming forward, saying they saw Scott get out of his Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, on Sunday afternoon. The director allegedly climbed the eight to10-foot fence and jumped off.

Neither Scott’s motivations nor the contents of his note are known.

Update: ABC News is now reporting Scott had inoperable brain cancer, and that this may have been the reason behind his apparent suicide.


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