The younger brother of Ridley Scott, whose films included Man on Fire, True Romance, Enemy of the State and The Taking of Pelham 123, threw himself from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles, California according to the LA Coroner’s office.

The 68-year-old Hollywood film industry giant jumped from the bridge at 12.30pm local time on Sunday afternoon.

Police found a note listing contact information in the director’s black Toyota Prius parked on the bridge. A suicide note was found later in Scott’s office.

Vincent Thomas Bridge, Los Angeles (Getty images)

The director’s sudden and unexpected death has been speculatively linked to depression.

A sequel to Top Gun had recently been announced, with Tom Cruise said to have been linked to the project. Tony Scott was yet to be announced as director.

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