The Hollywood director of Top Gun and True Romance has jumped off a Los Angeles bridge to his death, authorities have said.
"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement.
The coroner said Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which spans San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles yesterday.
Witnesses reported seeing the father-of-two calmly parking his black Toyota Prius near the bridge and leaping off "without hesitation".
Sixty-eight-year-old Scott, who is the younger brother of director Ridley Scott and is originally from North Shields, allegedy left a note but it is not yet clear why he may have committed suicide. Unconfirmed reports suggest he may have had depression.
Scott will be remebered for a slew of iconic films, including the 1980s Tom Cruise classic Top Gun, the Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance and several Denzel Washington movies including Crimson Tide.
Several Hollywood stars have already taken to Twitter to comment on the tragedy, including director Ron Howard, who said: “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.”
Scott, who lived in Beverly Hills, leaves behind his wife, the actress Donna Scott, and two sons.
You can see a gallery of Tony Scott's films here.