Director Tony Scott, who died Sunday after jumping off a Los Angeles bridge, may not have had inoperable brain cancer as it had previously been reported.
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Scott, the director of films such as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Crimson Tide," suffered from an inoperable brain cancer, it was reported on Monday. The 68-year-old's choice to commit suicide was linked to his disease by various publications. However, the director's family appears to have been unaware that Scott had any such disease.
It is believed that Scott's wife had originally reported to investigators that her husband suffered from brain cancer, according to TMZ. Now however, the assistant chief coroner has stated that other members in Scott's family knew of no such illness. Members of the family could not be contacted to confirm the statement.
"The family told us that there was no truth to the story," Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey said in a statement to The Daily Beast.
The director's autopsy was completed on Monday, but lab results including a toxicology report have to be finalized. Scott's body was discovered at 3 p.m. on Sunday and identified by authorities. The director, 68, is survived by his wife, actress Donna Wilson, and two young sons. Others in the business have also shared their remorse over his passing.
"Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him," Tom Cruise- whom Scott directed in the lead role of 1986's "Top Gun" and in 1990's "Days of Thunder"- told Us Weekly in a statement Monday. "He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time."
Scott allegedly left a suicide note behind, detailing who should be called after his death.