The L.A. county coroner today confirms that director Tony Scott was not suffering, as some early news reports suggested, from brain cancer — or any other serious underlying medical condition — when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in mid-August. Toxicology tests did, however, discover “therapeutic levels” of the sleeping pill Lunestra and antidepressant Mirtazipine in his bloodstream, according to the Los Angeles Times. While it’s unclear what this says about Scott’s apparent suicide, it suggests the Top Gun director may have been more troubled than his grieving family and colleagues realized.
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Director Tony Scott arrives at the premiere of ”The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3” at the Mann Village Theatre on June 4, 2009 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tony Scott Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images