Tony Scott Suicide: Notes Give No Motive

We may never know why director jumped
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2012 9:47 AM CDT
Tony Scott Suicide: Notes Give No Motive
In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, director Tony Scott arrives at the premiere of "Unstoppable" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)

The reason that drove Tony Scott to leap to his death from an LA bridge may never be known. Law enforcement sources tell the LA Times that the director left a few notes, but none of them give any motive for the suicide, including health problems. A witness who was driving across the bridge when Scott jumped says the director, a rock climber, was "clambering up [the bridge cables] in a very strong way. … He was very determined. He was not crying, he didn't look upset, he didn't look sad. He just looked very resolute."

Scott had filmed parts of Unstoppable underneath the very same bridge, and in 2009 the director said he wanted to shoot part of a Warriors remake there, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Reporter also has previously unpublished quotes from an interview it did with Scott in May, in which he called himself "a bull" and said that work was his "drug of choice." A friend of Scott's told NBC News that the director struggled with depression "throughout his life," E! reports. (More Tony Scott stories.)

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