For films fans, this is an incredibly tragic way to begin the week. Tony Scott, the director of ‘Top Gun,’ ‘True Romance,’ ‘Crimson Tide’ and ‘Man on Fire’ is dead.

Details are scarce at the moment, but witnesses report that Scott leapt to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. A suicide note in his car (recovered by the police) confirms that this was intentional. He was 68 years old.

UPDATEABC News is reporting that Scott had just been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

UPDATE – Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey released a statement saying, “The family told us that there was no truth to the story,’ referring to allegations that Tony Scott had been diagnosed with brain cancer before his death. “The cause of death has been deferred pending the receipt of additional test results that have been requested by the Deputy Medical Examiner.”

According to Deputy Chief Coroner Ed Winter, “His friends found a note in his office and we found a note with names and contact numbers in his vehicle.” The contents of said note have still yet to be released.

The brother of the equally prolific Ridley Scott, Tony Scott had his first hit in 1986 with ‘Top Gun,’ which went on to become one of the most iconic films of its decade. He would helm ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ a year later and would re-team with ‘Top Gun’ star Tom Cruise for ‘Days of Thunder.’ During the ’90s and ’00s, he continued to be one of Hollywood’s go-to action directors, filming ‘The Last Boy Scout,’ ‘True Romance,’ ‘Crimson Tide,’ ‘Enemy of the State’ and ‘Spy Game.’ 2004′s ‘Man on Fire’ was the beginning of a prolific collaboration between him and Denzel Washington and the two of them spent the rest of the decade making ‘Deja Vu,’ ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3′ and ‘Unstoppable.’ His impact on the modern Hollywood blockbuster cannot be understated.

By working with icons, Tony Scott became an icon, forever leaving his fingerprints on the action genre. He is survived by his wife, actress Donna Scott, and their twin boys.

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