Coroner: Tony Scott’s Notes Left Few Clues for Investigation

Tony Scott, famed Hollywood director and brother of Ridley Scott, jumped to his death on Sunday

Last Updated: August 24, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

Tony Scott did not mention that he had health problems or any other motive to commit suicide in notes he left behind before jumping to his death from Thomas Vincent Bridge on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

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Scott left a note in his black Toyota Prius, which he left parked on the bridge. He also left a note in his office and several other notes meant for loved ones.

Assistant chief coroner Ed Winter told TheWrap that the notes revealed no motive or health problems, and that there was no new information or updates in the case.

An ABC News report on Monday said Scott had an inoperable brain cancer, citing a source close to Scott. However, the coroner’s office has since said Scott’s family repudiated that report.

The coroner performed an autopsy on Monday but has deferred ruling on the cause of death for six to eight weeks.

The suicide of the 68-year-old Scott stunned the Hollywood community. A successful film director and brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, Scott first earned acclaim for “Top Gun,” the blockbuster about young fighter pilots that helped launch Tom Cruise’s career. Though critics dismissed it, audiences did not, propelling it to more than $350 million at the worldwide box office.

He went on to make a series of emotional, action-heavy films, often collaborating with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Denzel Washington.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that a private memorial service will be held this weekend, though another report in the Times said it would take place Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

An employee of the cemetery told TheWrap there was no record of such an event on file, and a spokesman for the Scott family did not return multiple requests for clarification.