Tony Scott Did Not Have Brain Tumor, Family Says

Director Tony Scott at 20th Century Fox World Premiere of "Unstoppable" at the Regency Village Theatre on October 26, 2010 in Westwood, California.  Eric Charbonneau/

Contrary to wide reports, director Tony Scott did not have an inoperable brain tumor when he jumped to his death from a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday.

"The family told us that there was no truth to the story," Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey said in a statement, as excerpted on The Daily Beast.

An autopsy was completed on 68-year-old Scott — whose film credits included Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and the Taking of Pelham 123 — on Monday, with toxicology and other test results still pending.

"Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him," Tom Cruise — whom Scott, 68, directed in the lead role of 1986's Top Gun and in 1990's Days of Thunder — told Us Weekly in a statement Monday. "He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time."

The younger brother of fellow Hollywood director Ridley Scott, Tony leaves behind his wife, actress Donna Wilson, and two young sons.

He reportedly left behind a suicide note on Sunday, but its contents have yet to be revealed publicly.

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