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Tony Scott's Death: Coroner Investigation Will Take Weeks | Tony Scott

Tony Scott's Death: Coroner Investigation Will Take Weeks

Originally posted 08/21/2012 10:45AM

After an initial autopsy was performed Monday, authorities are continuing their probe into filmmaker's Tony Scott's shocking death on Sunday.

Central to the investigation is why the Top Gun producer-director, 68, jumped off a bridge in Los Angeles Harbor. While his family is disputing a report that he had inoperable brain cancer, health issues are among possible reasons that are being explored, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Officials said any findings have been deferred until more tests are completed, including a toxicology report for any drugs in his system.

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Tony Scott's Family: He Didn't Have Brain Cancer

UpdatePosted 08/20/2012 08:20PM

Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer: Report

Originally posted 08/20/2012 12:20PM

As the investigation continues into Sunday's apparent suicide of Top Gun director Tony Scott, an unnamed source has told ABC News that the British-born filmmaker, 68, had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

But Scott's family is disputing that report, says Los Angeles Coroner Chief Craig Harvey.

"According to family spokespersons, the information concerning brain cancer or an inoperable brain tumor in Mr. Scott is incorrect," he says.

So far, the coroner has not announced any findings regarding Scott's medical condition.

Scott, whose box-office hits included Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Beverly Hills Cop II, died Sunday after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles Harbor. His body was recovered from the water four hours later.

Witnesses told authorities that at around 12:35 p.m., the filmmaker left his parked Toyota Prius on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the city of San Pedro, scaled an 8- to 10-ft.-high fence and then leapt without hesitation.

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Tony Scott: His Iconic Film Moments

Tony Scott: His Iconic Film Moments

Originally posted 08/20/2012 05:00PM

Watch scenes from Top Gun, True Romance and more of the late director's movies

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Tom Cruise Calls Tony Scott a 'Creative Visionary'

Tom Cruise Calls Tony Scott a 'Creative Visionary'

Originally posted 08/20/2012 03:55PM

One of Tom Cruise's most memorable onscreen performances was as fighter pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, in director Tony Scott's film Top Gun.

Cruise reacted Monday to Scott's untimely death with praise for the director and heartfelt wishes for Scott's loved ones.

"Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him," said Cruise, who also starred in Scott's 1990 film Days of Thunder with Nicole Kidman. "He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time."

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Top Gun Director Tony Scott Leaps to Death from Bridge

Top Gun Director Tony Scott Leaps to Death from Bridge

Originally posted 08/20/2012 06:05AM

Director Tony Scott, whose box-office hits included Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Beverly Hills Cop II, died after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles Harbor, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 68.

Witnesses told authorities that Sunday at around 12:35 p.m. the filmmaker left his parked Toyota Prius on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, scaled a fence and then leapt without hesitation. A note with contact information was left in the vehicle, says the newspaper.

Los Angeles Port police pulled his body from the water four hours later. A suicide note was recovered in his office, reports the Times. Its contents have not been disclosed.

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