Family: Tony Scott Didn't Have Brain Cancer
Director looked nervous before suicide leap: witness
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2012 12:03 AM CDT
Updated Aug 21, 2012 4:15 AM CDT
Scott jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – Elements of director Tony Scott's suicide remain a bit of a mystery. Family members have denied reports that the director had inoperable brain cancer—or any kind of brain tumor, an investigator says. ABC News, citing a source close to the director, was first to report that diagnosis, but it later backtracked. Autopsy results have been deferred while toxicology and other tests are carried out, TMZ reports. "We will look at any medical history," the assistant chief coroner says. "We don’t have anything medically confirmed at this time."

Asked whether the suicide note found in Scott's office mentioned any medical issues, the assistant chief coroner replied: "Not to my knowledge." A witness says the Top Gun director appeared nervous before he jumped to his death from a bridge over Los Angeles Harbor. "He was on the roadway close to the fence looking around. He was looking around and fumbling with something at his feet," the witness tells the Los Angeles Times. "I thought it was some extreme-sports guy." Scott, he says, "paused a couple of seconds and then began to climb the fence. He put his foot on the top of the fence and paused again. And then he threw himself off."