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Authorities in America say the director of 'Top Gun', Tony Scott, has died after jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles.
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".
Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the Tony Scott-directed Top Gun, actress Susan Sarandon and filmmaker Spike Lee have tweeted:
RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed. http://t.co/q9U16vI0
Saddened by the death of Tony Scott. A wonderful film maker and a funny, sweet guy. My condolences to his family.
Prayers And Blessings To The Family Of Fellow Director Tony Scott And Brother Ridley.God Bless You.
"I was really shocked this morning because Tony Scott as a director was just so full of energy," said film critic James King.
He described the North Shields born 68-year-old as an "incredible stylish director of action movies...these were really edge-of-your-seat movies."
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.
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.
In this BFI archive footage, a young Tony Scott is seen starring in his brother Ridley's very first film, Boy and Bicycle, shot when still a student at the Royal College of Art.
Film critic James King said the industry had been left in shock by Scott's death, adding that the director would be remembered for his "edge-of-your-seat thrillers".
He told Sky News:
Go buy his films, watch his films, and you'll see an incredibly confident director, so for that person to have taken their own life just seems utterly bizarre.
I think he'll be remembered as one of the ultimate action directors. He wasn't ashamed by that.
Maybe some critics had a go at him because his films weren't intellectually challenging. But when they looked as good as they did, who cares? They were incredibly stylish.
He trained in fine art, he was an artist.
Tony Scott's body was recovered from Los Angeles Harbour water several hours after members of the public called police at around 12:35pm local time (7.30pm BST) to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the Associated Press reports.
The reports adds that a note with contact information was found in Scott's car and a suicide note was later found in his office.
Nick Frost is a British comic actor:
Terribly sad news about Tony Scott. Rest in peace.
Elijah Wood is best known for his role as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy:
awful news about Tony Scott. rest in peace.
James Corden is a British comedian and actor:
Just heard the news about Tony Scott. So very sad. May he rest in peace.
Ron Howard directed Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code:
No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day
Adam Shankman is a TV producer, director and choreographer whose credits include Glee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Wedding Planner:
My heart stopped when I heard of the tragic death of 1 of r most inspiring directors, Tony Scott. Rest In Peace Tony. U will be missd so...
Mark Romanek directed feature films Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo as well as numerous music videos for the likes of Coldplay, Madonna, David Bowie and Michael Jackson:
Tony Scott was incredibly encouraging to me at an early stage of my career. He was generous, gregarious & immensely talented. Sadness.