The famed Hollywood director who jumped to his death from a landmark bridge in Los Angeles was terminally ill. Reports say 68-year-old Tony Scott, who created some of Hollywood's biggest action blockbusters, had inoperable brain cancer and had just months to live.
Thewrap.com's Sharon Waxman told INSIDE EDITION, "He had inoperable brain cancer, and that would be the confirmed answer to the question, 'Why?' "
The U.S. Coast Guard says Tony Scott parked his black Toyota Prius on this bridge spanning Los Angeles harbor, scaled a safety barrier and without heistating for even a moment, jumped 185 feet to his death. Investigators found a note in the car which led them to a suicide note he left behind in his office.
Dozens of horrified tourists on board the harbor tour ferry witnessed the leap shortly after high noon on Sunday.
Among Scott's biggest box office hits were Top Gun, which made Tom Cruise a superstar, and The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 with Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Scott's final movie was 2010's Unstoppable, also with Denzel Washington.
Scott was married to his third wife, Donna, a former model. They have twin boys. He is the brother of legendary director Ridley Scott, who made Gladiator and Alien. The brothers worked on many projects together, including the TV hit The Good Wife.
A grieving Ridley Scott left London for Los Angeles Monday after learning about the tragic news. Scott's suicide has sent shock waves throughout the movie industry.
Tom Cruise was peppered with questions as he left a Los Angeles restaurant. Hollywood celebrities took to Twitter to express their grief.
Director Ron Howard tweeted: "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."
Justin Timberlake tweeted: "So sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. His movies made growing up more fun for me."
One of his trademarks was dramatic, dizzying shots of tall buildings and bridges. And he chose to end his life in an equally dramatic fashion.
"It's almost a cinematic end," said Waxman.