Tony Scott, director of high octane, smash hit movies such as Man On Fire, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Top Gun, died in August this year having committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro . He left no evidence for any reason as to why he chose to take his own life and the mystery has been torturing his family since.
TMZ reported yesterday (22nd Oct 2012) that the LA County Coroner's office has revealed that there were anti-depressants present in his system when he died. Apparently, "the toxicology tests showed Scott had therapeutic levels of Lunesta and the anti-depressant Mirtazapine in his system at the time of his death." All of this leads to the official cause of death finally being labelled 'suicide' by the Coroner.
This coincides with the ever increasing strength of argument against antidepressants, as many people still commit, or attempt suicide while on antidepressant medication. This news is not new, in fact as NaturalNews reports "In June 2001, a jury in Wyoming determined that the antidepressant drug Paxil caused a man to kill his wife, daughter and granddaughter before killing himself" and more recently Bipolar.about.com shows that "researchers found that some... young people were more likely to think about suicide or even attempt suicide after they started taking an antidepressant" which comes as disturbing news.
As yet there has been no motive found for Mr Scott's tragic decision, and it came as a real shock to everyone around him as he was still in the process of many projects, including planning a sequel to Top Gun, reports the Daily Mail. Although, one friend Judy Myers, reported by the NY Post at the time of his death said “It does not surprise me at all, knowing that Tony liked to scale high mountains. The higher it was, the bigger the rush." Looking from life all the way down to death must be the biggest drop of all. We simply hope that his friends and family can are coping as best as can be expected in this ongoing difficult time.