R.I.P. Tony Scott: 1944- 2012
We can never truly understand what drives a person to take his own life, and sadly, those who successfully commit suicide are never left behind to explain why. Suicide letters may provide reasons, but they never truly capture the truth. Today, director Tony Scott jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Long Beach, took his own life, and will leave his family asking too many whys to reconcile with the suicide note he left in his car.
Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off "without hesitation" around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner's Department and port police.
A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn.
Officers with port police, the Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol joined city firefighters and the Coast Guard in searching the water for his body.
Tony Scott, the brother of Ridley Scott, was the director of Top Gun, Crimson Tide, The Last Boy Scout and about every third Denzel Washington movie. He was often criticized for his bombastic style and quick editing, but the man could make a hell of an entertaining film, including one of my favorites, True Romance.
The British director was 68. He leaves behind his wife, Donna, and a thousand questions that will never be answered with the satisfaction they deserve.