(21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012) was a British
film director and producer from England
. His films were generally more popular with audiences than critics,
and include The Hunger
(1983), Top Gun
(1986), Beverly Hills Cop II
(1987), Days of Thunder
(1990), The Last Boy Scout
(1991), Crimson Tide
(1995), Enemy of the State
(1998), Spy Game
(2001), Déjà Vu
(2006), The Taking of Pelham 123
(2009) and Unstoppable
(2010). He was the younger brother of film director Ridley Scott
On 19 August 2012, at approximately 12:30 pm PDT, Scott committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge
in the San Pedro
port district of Los Angeles, California
. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department
’s Harbor Division found contact information in a note left in his car, parked on the bridge,
and a note at his office for his family. 
Witnesses said he did not hesitate before jumping.
His body was recovered from the water by the Los Angeles Port Police
On 22 August, LA County coroner's spokesman Ed Winters said the two notes Scott left behind made no mention of any health issues,
and did not explain why he committed suicide.
On October 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner's office announced that cause of death was from "multiple blunt force injuries" with only therapeutic levels of mirtazapine and eszopiclone in his system at the time of death. A coroner's official also confirmed that Scott "did not have any serious underlying medical conditions" and was not suffering from cancer.
Funeral and legacy
A family press release on 22 August stated that "The family will announce plans after Labor Day for a gathering to celebrate the life and work of Tony Scott. Details will be forthcoming once they are formalized." The family also announced that they had established a scholarship fund at the American Film Institute in Scott's name, stating: "The family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the fund to help encourage and engage future generations of filmmakers." He was interred at a private family funeral on 24 August in Los Angeles. Subsequently it was reported that he had left his estate, valued at $1.25m, to his family trust.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Wilson Scott, their twin sons, and his brother, film director Ridley Scott. Many actors paid tribute to him, including Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Elijah Wood, Dane Cook, Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Fry, Peter Fonda, and Keira Knightley, as well as musical collaborators Hybrid. Cruise stated; "He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable." Denzel Washington, Scott's most frequent acting collaborator, said, "Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone." Directors UK chairman Charles Sturridge commented: "Tony Scott was a brilliant British director with an extraordinary ability to create energy on screen, both in action and in the creation of character."