Director Tony Scott, best known for the films "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died in an apparent suicide yesterday when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, a Los Angeles County coroner official said.
"There's nothing to indicate it is anything else at this time," said Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner's office.
Scott, 68, jumped from the bridge at about 12:30 p.m., Bale said. The bridge spans the Los Angeles Harbor, connecting San Pedro and Terminal Island.
A passerby who saw Scott jump from the bridge called 911, according to a statement released by the coroner's office late Sunday.
The coroner's office declined to comment or confirm a Los Angeles Times report that authorities found contact information in Scott's car parked on the bridge, and later found a suicide note in his office.
Scott cemented his reputation for big-budget action films with 1990's "Revenge" starring Kevin Costner and "Days of Thunder" with Tom Cruise. In 1998, he directed "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith and Gene Hackman.
Scott directed his last film, the train thriller "Unstoppable" starring Denzel Washington, in 2010.
"For me, it was the most challenging movie of my life, and the most dangerous because I'm shooting 90 percent of the movie on a train that is running between 50 and 70 mph," Scott told CNN at the time.
In 2002, the Scott brothers won an Emmy for the television movie "The Gathering Storm."
Scott also was nominated for the Emmy as a producer for the CBS drama "The Good Wife."
Among his last projects was serving as an executive producer on the TV miniseries, "Coma," which is due to air this year.