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Coroner releases preliminary findings in Tony Scott suicide

October 22, 2012 |  3:53 pm

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Director Tony Scott died of multiple blunt-force injuries after leaping to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Monday.

The director also had therapeutic levels of the sleep aid Lunestra and the anti-depressant Mirtazipine, also known as Remeron, in his system, according to results of a toxicology test.

Drowning was also considered a factor. The final coroner report is expected to be released in two weeks.

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Nothing in the preliminary report helps solve the mystery of why Scott, 68, jumped off the bridge to his death on Aug. 19.  The report did not indicate whether he had any health problems before his death.

Los Angeles police said interviews with family members and colleagues did not help them determine why Scott committed suicide.

Several people who were driving over the bridge when Scott jumped described witnessing what happened.

“He was on the roadway close to the fence looking around. He was looking around and fumbling with something at his feet. He looked nervous,” David Silva told The Times.

Silva said he was a passenger in a car on the north side of the bridge and that Scott was on the south side. Silva said Scott “paused a couple of seconds and then began to climb the fence. He put his foot on the top of the fence and paused again. And then he threw himself off.”

At first, Silva and other motorists thought the jump was an extreme-sports stunt. Then they realized that the jumper didn't have a parachute or safety cord.

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Photo: In this Oct. 26, 2010, file photo, director Tony Scott arrives at the premiere of "Unstoppable" in Los Angeles. Authorities say Scott died after jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

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