Tony Scott, the joint head of film and television production company Scott Free and director of films including Top Gun, has died.
The acclaimed director/producer jumped off a bridge in San Pedro, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, in an apparent suicide on Sunday, local authorities said. He was 68.
A spokesman for Scott Free confirmed Scott’s death in a brief statement. “I can confirm that Tony Scott has indeed passed away. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time,” she said.
British-born Scott, the younger brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, directed more than a dozen Hollywood blockbusters, most notably Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, in 1986.
His other film credits included True Romance in 1993, Enemy of the State in 1998, Man on Fire in 2004, The Taking of Pelham 123 in 2009, and Unstoppable in 2010.
He was most recently reported to be developing a sequel to Top Gun.
Scott was also a partner in Scott Free Production, the film and television production company he formed with his brother.
He was an exec producer on Coma, the forthcoming A&E miniseries currently in production. He produced historical miniseries Labyrinth, World Without End and exec produced The Pillars of the Earth.
He also had an exec producer role on long-running CBS series The Good Wife and Numb3rs, which ran for six seasons on the same network.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest names have paid tribute to Scott, with fellow director Ron Howard writing on Twitter: “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.”
Scott leaves a wife and twin sons.