UPDATE: ABC News reports Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
UPDATE 2: It turns out maybe he didn't have brain cancer.
Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott and director behind much of the modern era's Denzel Washington action-thrillers, committed suicide by leaping from a bridge on Sunday. He was 68.
According to reports, Scott climbed an fence on the Los Angeles Harbor's Vincent Thomas Bridge a little after noon on Sunday and, witnesses say, jumped to his death "without hesitation." Scott's Toyota Prius was left in an eastbound lane of the bridge and reportedly contained a suicide note, but details of that letter have not yet been made public. TMZ adds that numerous boaters saw the incident and took photos and video, so expect all that to be made public disgustingly soon.
Over a four-decade career, Scott (along with explosion-loving frequent producer Jerry Bruckheimer) set the new standard of the stylish action blockbuster, directing such films as Top Gun, True Romance, Crimson Tide, and Days of Thunder. In more recent years, Scott had become known for an unprecedented string of Denzel Washington-strutting-around-with-a-gun/train thrillers that included Man on Fire, Deja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 remake, and Unstoppable. He most recently finished producing the Christian Bale drama Out of the Furnace and another season of The Good Wife. He will be fondly remembered as a unique directorial voice, and as the Scott brother who is not suddenly making infuriating prequels to all his sci-fi classics.