Tony Scott's widow, Donna, has told police that her famous filmmaker husband did not in fact have brain cancer, Deadline New York reports, citing "informed insiders."
ABC's "Good Morning America" previously reported that Scott may have committed suicide because he was suffering from "inoperable brain cancer." They cited a "source close to him," however the claim was never confirmed. The story was picked up by media outlets across the globe.
Scott, director of the popular Hollywood blockbusters "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County Bridge, authorities said. Police are investigating his death as a suicide.
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The news was widely picked up by media outlets globally (but not Deadline) as the reason why Scott committed suicide Sunday by jumping off a Los Angeles County bridge at 12:35 PM. This is the second time in a month that ABC News has erroneously reported on a sensitive news story. During the Aurora movie theater shooting tragedy, ABC News claimed the gunman was a Tea Party member which was not true.
Meanwhile, Lt Fred Corral with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office tells Deadline that an autopsy was completed today on the 68-year-old Scott, but the cause of death was deferred pending toxicological and other tests. The results will take 4 to 8 weeks. Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey also tells Deadline that his office is in possession of “part of a suicide note” found in Scott’s black Prius car found at the scene of the suicide but will not be releasing any of that information at this time.
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