Published Monday, 20 August 2012
Director Tony Scott and Donna W. Scott in 2010 (© Getty)
The 68-year-old, originally from North Shields, was best known for Hollywood blockbusters Top Gun, Days Of Thunder and Beverley Hills Cop II. He was the younger brother of filmmaker Ridley Scott.
Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island on Sunday afternoon.
Los Angeles County Coroner's office said his death was being treated as a suicide.
A US Coast Guard spokeswoman told local newspaper The Daily Breeze that a suicide note was found inside Scott's car, a black Toyota Prius, which was found parked on an eastbound lane of the bridge.
A dive team pulled Scott's body from the water several hours after members of the public alerted emergency services, having seen a man jump from the bridge.
Scott lived in Beverly Hills. He was married to the actress Donna Scott, with whom he had twin sons.
He ran Scott Free Productions with his brother and the pair were working on a film called Killing Lincoln.
Other films produced by Scott included True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy Of The State and Man On Fire.