'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge

FILE -- In a Nov. 1, 2001 file photo traffic rolls over the the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles. Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," ''Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday Aug. 19, 2012, after jumping from the Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," ''Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," has died after jumping from a Los Angeles County Bridge.

Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale says Scott's death Sunday is being investigated as a suicide.

Authorities say the 68-year-old Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn tells the Daily Breeze a suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.