Director Tony Scott dies after jumping off bridge
Director of lesbian vampire movie The Hunger and Top Gun, starring gay actress Kelly McGillis, leapt to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles
Tony Scott, director of lesbian vampire movie The Hunger, has died after jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles.
The 68-year-old leapt to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge yesterday (19 August) around 12:30pm.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Scott’s death was being investigated as a suicide.
A note was reportedly found in his car and office but it’s not yet known what it 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 brother of Alien director Ridley Scott is best known for Hollywood blockbusters, including homoerotic action drama Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and lesbian actress Kelly McGillis,
One of Scott’s other early 1980s films was cult classic The Hunger, which featured a lesbian sex scene between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon.
It also starred rumored bisexual rock star David Bowie.
Before his death, Scott is believed to have been working on a sequel to Top Gun with Tom Cruise.
Movie stars and celebrities have been paying tribute to the Hollywood legend on Twitter.
Gay comedian, writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry tweeted: ‘Deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony Scott. A fine film-maker and the most charming, modest man.’
While director Ron Howard posted: ‘No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.’
Watch clips of Top Gun and The Hunger below: