Top Gun director Tony Scott dies

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Film director Tony Scott has died at the age of 68 in Los Angeles after jumping off a bridge. At the time of writing, his death is believed to be a suicide.

Tony Scott was one of Hollywood’s biggest directors, and was responsible for modern classics such as Top Gun, Crimson Tide, and True Romance, which was scripted by Quentin Tarantino. His recent pictures included The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable. Both of these starred his long-term collaborator Denzel Washington.

Scott, who is brother to Alien director Ridley Scott, also produced this summer’s hit science fiction film Prometheus.

As the news of his death broke, messages from various filmmakers appeared on Twitter. Stephen Fry tweeted: ‘Deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony Scott. A fine film-maker and the most charming, modest man.’ Ron Howard, director of films The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon, also added his thoughts, tweeting: ‘No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.’

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