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Top Gun director jumps to his death

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British-born filmmaker Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as Top Gun and Crimson Tide, jumped to his death on Sunday from a bridge over Los Angeles Harbor, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said.

Onlookers saw Scott, who was 68, parking his car on the Vincent Thomas Bridge and leaping into the water below at about 12:30 pm local time, according to Lieutenant Joe Bale, a watch commander for the coroner's office.

Bale said the body was recovered from the harbor by law enforcement officials shortly before 3 pm, and was subsequently identified as being that of the filmmaker and younger brother of fellow movie director Ridley Scott.

A note was found in Scott's car that Bale said he believed would turn out to be a suicide note, though he was not familiar with its contents. "Typically, when they find a note in cases like this, it's not a shopping list," he said.

The bridge, the surface of which clears the harbor's navigation channel by a height of about 56 meters, connects the port district of San Pedro at the southern tip of Los Angeles to Terminal Island in the harbor.

A spokeswoman for the filmmaker, Katherine Rowe, said in a brief statement: "I can confirm that Tony Scott has indeed passed away. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time."

Scott, born in North Shields, Northumberland, England, and frequently seen behind the camera in his signature faded red baseball cap, is credited with directing more than two dozen movies and television shows, and producing nearly 50 titles.

He was best known for muscular but stylish high-octane thrillers that showcased some of Hollywood's biggest stars in a body of work that dated back to the 1980s and established him as one of the most successful action directors in history of the business.

He got his start making TV commercials for his older sibling's London-based production company, Ridley Scott Associates, and segued into movies for television and film.

His feature directorial debut - 1983 vampire movie The Hunger starring British rocker David Bowie and French actress Catherine Deneuve - was a flop.

But he bounced back three years later with the fighter jet adventure Top Gun, which starred Tom Cruise as a hot-shot pilot, and followed that with another big hit, the 1987 Eddie Murphy comedy Beverly Hills Cop II.

Scott and his older brother were executive producers together on two successful prime-time television dramas, Numb3rs, which ran on CBS from 2005 to 2010, and The Good Wife, which premiered in 2009 and is still running on CBS.

According to the Hollywood website Internet Movie Database, Tony Scott had been in production as the director of a film called Emma's War, about a British aid worker in Sudan who marries a warlord seeking to control part of the country.

Scott is survived by his third wife, Donna, with whom he had two children.

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Top Gun director jumps to his death

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Top Gun director jumps to his death

Rosie Tuck is a copy editor at the China Daily website. She was born in New Zealand and graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Communications studies majoring in journalism and television. In New Zealand she was working as a junior reporter for the New Zealand state broadcaster TVNZ. She is in Beijing on an Asia New Zealand Foundation grant, working as a journalist in the English news department at the China Daily website.



















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