Investigators probing the death of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott are looking into whether serious health problems prompted him to leap off the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday.
Scott, 68, had just completed a new movie and there had been no public reports of health problems. But Los Angeles County Coroner's officials said Monday's planned autopsy will look for signs of a serious health problem and that that is part of the investigation's focus.
ABC News reported that Scott suffered from brain cancer. Craig Harvey, a chief at the coroner's office, said authorities have heard that and other reports and are looking into them. He stressed, however, that the coroner has not formed any conclusions about what led to Scott's death.
The coroner's office said all evidence suggests director Tony Scott took his own life Sunday, when witnesses say he leaped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge.
Officials said they are treating the case as a suicide.
Scott left a suicide note at his office, law enforcement sources said, but police have not revealed what was in it. Harvey said Scott also left several "instructional" notes to family and friends.
Simon Halls, a spokesman for Scott's family, said the family asked "that their privacy be respected at this time."
Los Angeles police first learned of the incident after 12:30 p.m. from a 911 caller who said that an unidentified man had leaped off the suspension bridge that connects San Pedro and Terminal Island. It's a 185-foot fall from the bridge roadway to the waters of the Los Angeles Harbor.