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Tony Scott, Director of 'Taking of Pelham 1 2 3' Remake, Dies at 68

By Mary Johnson | August 20, 2012 12:49pm

NEW YORK CITY — Director Tony Scott, best known for actions flicks such as “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” about the hijacking of a New York City subway train, reportedly died on Sunday after jumping off a Los Angeles bridge.

Scott, 68, who also directed “Top Gun,” "True Romance," and "Beverly Hills Cop II” among many other films, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge over Los Angeles Harbor around 12:30 p.m. pacific time, according to reports.

Scott reportedly left a suicide note in his office, but its contents have not been made public.

Scott, the younger brother of Hollywood director Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner," "Gladiator"), directed a remake of 1974's “Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” in 2009. He cast Denzel Washington opposite John Travolta, who played a train hijacker who holds the passengers for ransom.

The Scott brothers ran a production company together called Scott Free Productions.

In the wake of the tragic news, celebrities took to Twitter to express their condolences.

“No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day,” tweeted director Ron Howard.

Val Kilmer, who played Ice Man in “Top Gun,” called Scott “the kindest film director I ever worked for" via Twitter.

Renowned film critic Roger Ebert also wrote about Scott on Twitter, calling his death “shocking and saddening. He was an inspired craftsman.”

Scott is survived by his wife, Donna, and his twin sons, Frank and Max.