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'Top Gun' director Tony Scott's family asks for privacy after his death

August 19, 2012 | 10:12 pm

More photos: Tony Scott behind the camera

The family of Tony Scott is asking for privacy after the "Top Gun" director jumped to his death off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon.

"I can confirm that Mr. Scott has indeed passed away. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time," a spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Scott jumped off the bridge about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Law enforcement sources said officials looked inside the car he left behind and determined that it belonged to the famed movie director and producer. A note listing contact information was in the car.

Photos: Tony Scott behind the camera

A suicide note was later found in his office. Its contents were not revealed.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed Scott's identity Sunday evening,

Scott, the brother of director Ridley Scott, directed "Top Gun,"  "Enemy of the State," "Beverly Hills Cop II" and "Crimson Tide."

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the coroner's office.

Witnesses told police that Scott parked his Toyota Prius on the bridge, scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped without any hesitation, law enforcement sources said.

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Photo: Director Tony Scott speaks onstage before a screening of "Top Gun" on May 17, 2010. Credit: Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images

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