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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.

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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:

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RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed. http://t.co/q9U16vI0

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Saddened by the death of Tony Scott. A wonderful film maker and a funny, sweet guy. My condolences to his family.

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Prayers And Blessings To The Family Of Fellow Director Tony Scott And Brother Ridley.God Bless You.

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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Scott will be 'remembered as one of the ultimate action directors'

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.

Suicide note found in Tony Scott's office

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.

Actors sad about 'awful' Tony Scott news

Nick Frost is a British comic actor:

Elijah Wood is best known for his role as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy:

James Corden is a British comedian and actor:

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Just heard the news about Tony Scott. So very sad. May he rest in peace.

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