Scott cancer rumour denied

The widow of British film director Tony Scott has denied reports that her husband had inoperable brain cancer, according to Hollywood website TMZ.

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Family of director Tony Scott deny brain cancer reports

Film director Tony Scott jumped off a bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday Credit: Reuters

There have been reports that British film director Tony Scott had been suffering from inoperable brain cancer.

The original claim was made by ABC News in the United States, citing sources close to the Top Gun film-maker, but Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told the broadcaster that Mr Scott's family were not aware that the director had cancer.

Tom Cruise pays tribute to 'dear friend' Tony Scott

Actor Tom Cruise Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The actor Tom Cruise, who starred in Top Gun, has paid tribute to the film director Tony Scott calling him a "creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable".

He told the US celebrity website TMZ:

"Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him ... My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time."

Reports: Scott suffered brain cancer relapse

Film director Tony Scott had suffered a relapse of brain cancer, according to the New York Post and ABC News.

Tony Scott died aged 68.

A source told the New York Post: "He has been suffering from cancer and he had a relapse. He wasn’t depressed, he was a lovely guy. On Sundays everyone went to his house, there would be the guy who worked in his local restaurant sitting by the pool by Michael Caine".

Another source told the newspaper: "He had been in the hospital earlier this summer, in the past few months, and he had been recuperating. The official story was it was a hip operation, but people suspected he underwent another cancer operation".

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Film industry luminaries pay tribute to Scott

Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the Tony Scott-directed Top Gun, actress Susan Sarandon and filmmaker Spike Lee have tweeted:

Studio chief mourns loss of 'ambassador for UK film'

Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive of Shepperton Studios in Middlesex, said:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic news that Tony Scott has died.

He was not only an incredibly gifted film-maker and ambassador for the UK film industry, he was a significant part of the history of Shepperton Studios.

He directed some of the most successful films of all times and at Shepperton. These included The Hunger (1981), Spy Game (2001) and Tony most recently produced Prometheus (2012), directed by his brother Ridley.

He will be sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Tony Scott: 'Ridley had a huge influence'

Speaking on Film 4 about his career, Tony Scott once said:

"I love reaching in and touching these worlds I've never touched before...it's fun, it's exciting."

He described his artistic background: "I was a painter - I spent eight years at art school painting, and I still think like a painter. Directing is very similar."

"There's a lot of people out there that influence me - my brother had a huge influence, Ridley's a little older than I am and I helped him make his first movie," he said.

Born in North Shields, his north-eastern accent is still audible despite having lived and worked in California for decades.

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