Tony Scott Autopsy Conducted—Was Cancer Revealed?

Top Gun director, reported to be terminally ill, leaped to his death Sunday in Los Angeles

By Natalie Finn Aug 21, 2012 1:12 AMTags

No one will ever know what went through Tony Scott's head before he leaped to his death Sunday from a bridge in Los Angeles.

The hunt for at least some answers began today when an autopsy was performed on the 68-year-old filmmaker amid reports that he was suffering from inoperable brain cancer.

His death is being investigated as a suicide, but, as tends to be the case, the official cause of death has been deferred pending the results of toxicology tests.

However, the lack of definitive info came as Chief Coroner Craig Harvey told the L.A. Times that, according to Scott's wife, Donna Wilson, the director-producer didn't have terminal cancer.

"The family told us it is incorrect that he has inoperable brain cancer," Harvey said.

L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter also said that he couldn't confirm the cancer diagnosis, noting that the examination of Scott's brain may not have been completed yet.

Julian Bray, described as a friend and former colleague of Scott's, told Britain's Sky News that the director of Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, True Romance and so many more action-packed films had a history of depression.

"But whatever happens," he added, "Tony Scott has left behind an amazing raft of work and a lot of people would be very very grateful to him for what he's done. And of course our condolences are with his family and everybody else connected to him."

According to authorities, Scott left a note with contact information in his black Prius, which was found parked near the Vincent Thomas Bridge after he jumped at around 12:30 p.m. yesterday, and then a suicide note was found in his office.