Tony Scott’s autopsy has been made public. Although the cause of death has been confirmed as suicide, the coroner’s report provides few other insights into why the film director chose to take his own life.
Scott - whose brother is fellow movie director Ridley Scott - died on August 19, 2012 when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles harbour. The cause of death was listed as “multiple blunt force injuries,” according to a report from the Daily Mail and added the he also drowned by jumping into the harbour. It was widely assumed that Scott had intended to commit suicide; he left several notes, including a list of contact numbers in his car so that the police would be able to contact his wife. However, what was not clear was why he chose to take his life. The notes gave no indication as to a reasoning.
Rumors that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer proved to be untrue; the autopsy found no evidence to support this. What the investigation did reveal was that he had been taking anti-depressants and sleeping pills prior to his death. The level of Remeron (an anti-depressant) and Lunesta (a sleeping pill) in his system is described as “therapeutic.”
What makes his death all the more strange was that Scott seemed to be looking forward to making the sequel to his classic movie Top Gun. The film, for which he had secured Tom Cruise once more, was due to go into production next year.