Top Gun and Crimson Tide director Tony Scott dies after jumping from bridge

The Top Gun director has been found dead after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles yesterday, police authorities revealed.

Lieutenant Joe Bale from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told the BBC: ''We will go where the facts take us. We have no reason to believe it was not a suicide.''

Katherine Rowe, the filmmaker's spokesperson, issued a statement saying: ''I can confirm that Tony Scott has indeed passed away.

“The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time.''

The 68-year-old British-born director was brother to Alien, Gladiator and Prometheus director Ridley Scott.

He was best known for glossy, highly stylised crowd-pleasing blockbusters which included Enemy of the State and Man On Fire.

The director was believed to have been working on a Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise – with whom he also worked with on Days of Thunder - at the time of his death.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, and that Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which spans San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles.

The director was apparently seen parking his car and jumping into the water at about 12.30 pm on Sunday.

Tony often worked with Denzel Washington, most recently in 2010's Unstoppable.

Friends and admirers of his work have paid tribute to him on Twitter, with director Ron Howard commenting: ''No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.''