Good God. This is sickening. I hate writing about this stuff. British film director, Tony Scott, (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II–and one of my all-time favorite films, True Romance) has committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Los Angeles.
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.
Cargo vessels moved at slow speeds through the east side of the Main Channel during the search, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
“It’s a dolorous task and we’re working to treat the deceased with the utmost dignity and respect,” Humphrey said.
Authorities used sonar equipment to track the man in the port’s murky waters and his body was recovered by a dive team around 4:30 p.m., Alva said. Scott’s body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner.
Terrible. Just terrible. I can’t imagine what his wife and children are going through…I’m just so sad for them.