'Top Gun' director Tony Scott dies after jumping from L.A. bridge

British film director Tony Scott, known for such Hollywood blockbusters as ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Days of Thunder,’ ‘Beverly Hills Cop II' and 'The Taking of Pelham 123,’ jumped to his death Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles, according to L.A. County officials.

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.

Scott directed Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun,’ — one of the highest-grossing films of 1986 — and worked with the actor again four years later on the hit ‘Days of Thunder’ —which also featured his third and current wife, actress Donna Scott. The couple have twin boys.

Known for his trademark red baseball cap, Scott also directed ‘Beverly Hills Cop II,’ starring Eddie Murphy, ‘Enemy of the State,’ starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and ‘The Taking of Pelham 123,’ starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

Authorities used sonar equipment to track Scott in the port’s murky waters and his body was recovered by a dive team around 4:30 p.m., Osburn said. Scott’s body was taken to a near-by dock, in Wilmington, where it was turned over to the county coroner.

Erected in 1963, the 6,060-foot bridge links San Pedro with Terminal Island and rises 185 feet at its highest point above the Main Channel of Los Angeles Harbor. Many have taken their lives by jumping from the span.

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