Tony Scott Suicide: No Apparent Motive Found In Notes, Police Say

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A week after his shocking suicide, as action blockbuster director Tony Scott was being laid to rest, law enforcement authorities were revealing that it may never be known why he took his own life. He left behind several notes before he leaped to his death from a bridge last Sunday, but none of them indicated any motive, police told the Los Angeles Times.

Rather, the notes, which the 68-year-old left behind for family and friends, were more “instructional” than anything else, authorities said. There was also a suicide note left in Scott’s office, but police have not divulged its contents.

The Scott family isn’t talking either, asking in a statement “that their privacy be respected at this time.”

What is known about Scott’s mysterious suicide?

Early last week, ABC News cited a source claiming that Scott may have jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif., because of a diagnosis of inoperable brain cancer, but the Scott family has insisted that the director did not have the disease.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office conducted an autopsy last Monday, but the findings may not be released for several weeks, pending the results of toxicology and other tests.

The Times also printed the account of eyewitness David Silva, who was a passenger in a car on the bridge when he saw Scott take his fatal plunge on Aug. 19. “He was on the roadway close to the fence looking around. He was looking around and fumbling with something at his feet. He looked nervous,” Silva told the Times. “I thought it was some extreme-sports guy.”

He said Scott “paused a couple of seconds and then began to climb the fence. He put his foot on the top of the fence and paused again. And then he threw himself off. I immediately thought, that guy is dead.” Upon seeing Scott plummet 85 feet into the water, Silva said he immediately called 911.

Best known for directing such action hits as Top Gun and Unstoppable, Scott was at work on several projects at the time of his death. Besides his ongoing production of the CBS drama The Good Wife (through Scott Free, the production company he ran with his brother, famed director Ridley Scott), he had also just produced a big-screen thriller called Out of the Furnace, featuring Christian Bale. And he was said to have been scouting locations for a Top Gun sequel earlier this month.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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