Tony Scott did not have inoperable brain cancer, according to statements his widow, Donna, allegedly made to police officers, Deadline Hollywood reports. ABC reported a source close to Tony Scott informed Good Morning America that brain cancer prompted the famed director to commit suicide. Scott, 68, directed the blockbuster hit Top Gun. The director’s body fell within a few feet of a cruise boat carrying shocked tourists.
ABC also noted that Scott reportedly leaped to his death without hesitation to spare his loved ones the pain of watching his slow demise, according to the Daily Mail. However, both Deadline Hollywood and TMZ contradicted the Good Morning America story, which was picked up by news outlets around the globe after Tony Scott’s body was recovered. ABC now notes that the inoperable brain cancer claims are in doubt.
Donna Scott allegedly told investigators that rumors of her husband’s cancer were totally false, a preliminary autopsy did not reveal the presence of cancer, TMZ reports. A full autopsy with toxicology results will not be completed for approximately four to eight weeks.
Several weeks ago, a photo was snapped of the highly successful director leaving a Beverly Hills restaurant with an expression and body movements which some reviewers described as “pained,” the Daily Mail notes. Tony Scott had spent some time in the hospital in late July for a hip operation. Scott had beaten cancer once before, perhaps prompting the rumors that the disease had returned and made the successful director suicidal.
The New York Post also quoted a source which claimed Scott had suffered a cancer relapse. The New York Post source also noted that Scott was a “lovely guy” who often had large groups of both celebrities and common folks over to his home for Sunday barbeques.
Tony Scott was not known to have either marital or money problems, according to the Daily Mail. A suicide note with a list of contacts numbers was found inside Scott’s car and a more detailed note was later found in his office, TMZ notes. The details of Tony Scott’s suicide notes have not been released to the public. Tony Scott was working on a sequel to Top Gun with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Tom Cruise.