Tony Scott Apparently Had Inoperable Brain Cancer

Tony Scott apparently had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, preliminary reports have said. The Top Gun director died Sunday after jumping from a bridge in near Los Angeles.

A source close to Scott, who also directed Days of Thunder and Crimson Tide told ABC News that the British-born filmmaker had the debilitating disease. Scott, 68, left several notes to loved ones in his car, according to the Associated Press.

"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, according to the AP.

Scott's body was found about 3pm Sunday. He had apparently jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the city's harbor in San Pedro.

Tony Scott was the younger brother of producer and director Ridley Scott. Their production company, Scott Free Productions produced CBS dramas NUMB3RS and The Good Wife. Prometheus was the latest to hail from their joint company.

Fellow director Ron Howard tweeted Sunday: "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."

Scott is survived by his wife Donna and their twin sons.

[Source: ABC News]