A sad day for cinema, director Tony Scott died in San Pedro, Calif. when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on August 19, a passerby saw Scott leap from the bridge in what has been ruled as a suicide. CNN has more:

A passerby who saw Scott jump from the bridge called 911, according to a statement released by the coroner’s office late Sunday.

“The L.A. Port Police recovered the body from the water,” the statement said.

The coroner’s office declined to comment or confirm a Los Angeles Times report that authorities found contact information in Scott’s car parked on the bridge, and later found a suicide note in his office.

A publicist who represent Scott says that the family is asking for privacy during this time.

Scott was responsible for many memorable and beloved films, including Man on Fire and mega-hit Top Gun. A great light has gone out in the world of cinema, and Tony Scott, his talents and his contributions will be missed.

Last wish? I wish you had more time.”

Update: According to ABC News – Scott had inoperable brain cancer.

Update: According to the New York Times – The earlier reports from ABC regarding Scott’s alleged brain cancer are in doubt.