Posted on Tue Aug 21, 2012 09:30 AM PDT
Contrary to reports, Top Gun director Tony Scott did not have inoperable brain cancer.
"According to family spokespersons, the information concerning brain cancer or an inoperable brain tumor in Mr. Scott is incorrect," LA Coroner Chief Craig Harvey said in a statement.
Scott committed suicide Sunday by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles Harbor. According to authorities, Scott left both a contact list in his vehicle and a suicide note at his office before he leapt to his death around 12:30p.m.
The Hollywood director was working on three projects leading up to the tragedy, including the sequel to Top Gun. The 68-year-old was even in Nevada late last week with Tom Cruise touring a Naval air station as part of their research for the movie, which was set to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Peter Craig.
"Tony was my dear friend, and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time," Cruise said in a statement after he learned of the death.
Scott is survived by his wife, Donna Scott, and his twin sons.
So sad. R.I.P.
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