UPDATE: According to Tony Scott's widow Donna, the late director did not have brain cancer, refuting an ABC report from earlier today.

EARLIER: A source has revealed to ABC news that Tony Scott, director of "Top Gun" and "Crimson Tide," was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

Scott took his own life on Sunday by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles, California. At approximately 12:35 p.m., several bystanders alerted the authorities that someone had jumped from Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor.

"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Simon Halls, the director's spokesperson, said in a statement.

Investigators found contact information in Scott's Toyota Prius and a suicide note in his office.

The English-born director directed dozens of blockbuster successes -- from "Beverly Hills Cop II" to "True Romance" -- and has left an indelible impression on the film world.

[via ABC]

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