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Autopsy fails to explain why Tony Scott jumped from bridge

October 23, 2012 |  7:24 am
FULL COVERAGE: Tony Scott | 1944-2012

An autopsy report on director Tony Scott shed no light on why the filmmaker took his own life this summer by jumping off a bridge.

The L.A. County coroner's report said Scott appeared to have had no major health problems, and coroner's officials said interviews with family members and friends did not reveal a possible motive.

The coroner's office determined that the 68-year-old died of multiple blunt-force injuries after leaping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Aug. 19. The director had therapeutic levels of the sleep aid Lunestra and the anti-depressant Mirtazipine, also known as Remeron, in his system, toxicology tests showed.

FULL COVERAGE: Tony Scott | 1944-2012

Chief coroner's investigator Craig Harvey said there was no indication of pre-existing conditions in Scott, based on both the autopsy and medical records.

"There was no evidence of neoplasia — cancer — identified," Harvey said.

After Scott's death, some media reports quoted an anonymous source suggesting that Scott had a brain tumor. His family vehemently denied those reports.

Several of Scott's associates told The Times that the director had mentioned back or hip problems in the months before his death, but many said they had no indication it was anything other than business as normal for the director-producer.


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