Tony Scott’s Family Denies Account of Inoperable Brain Cancer (Report) (Updated)

The "Top Gun" director died in an apparent suicide Sunday afternoon

Update, Aug. 20 5:17 PT

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that director Tony Scott, who died Sunday in an apparent suicide, did not have inoperable brain cancer, citing Scott's family.

The coroner's office has not yet determined whether Scott was suffering from any health problems prior to his death, but chief Craig Harvey told the Times that Scott's family had denied a report of his having inoperable cancer.

Scott's spokesman declined to comment on the matter.


Director Tony Scott, who died in an apparent suicide on Sunday, had inoperable brain cancer, according to an ABC News report.

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Scott’s body was recovered late Sunday after police received a 911 call that someone had jumped into the Los Angeles Harbor from the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach.

The coroner identified the body as that of the 68-year-old Scott, who hailed from northeast England but lived in Beverly Hills with his wife Donna and twin sons Max and Frank. A note was found in his black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, 185 feet above the water. The Los Angeles Times has reported that a note was later found in his office.

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Neither the coroner nor Scott's publicist would comment on whether or not Scott had cancer.

The director, younger brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, made emotional, action-filled fare such as "Top Gun," "True Romance" and "Man on Fire." Scott also produced dozens more films under the Scott Free Productions banner, which he ran with Ridley.

Scott directed his first film, vampire drama "The Hunger," in 1983, and his last, "Unstoppable," in 2010.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.