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Hollywood Mourns and Pays Tribute to Tony Scott

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Aug 20, 2012 | 9:16am EDT

ALTThe tragic and shocking passing of acclaimed director Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire) has left Hollywood in a state of disbelief and mourning. The 68-year-old, whose illustrious career included producer on films like Prometheus and The Grey and executive producer on shows such as The Good Wife and Numb3rs, died Sunday when he fatally jumped "without hesitation" off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif. He reportedly left a suicide note at his office. (Latest reports reveal that the filmmaker suffered from inoperable brain cancer prior to his suicide.) Scott, brother of fellow legendary director Ridley Scott, is survived by wife and their two young sons. 

While so many have struggled to find the right words to comprehend his passing and pay tribute to his impact on Hollywood, some of Scott's friends, colleagues, and admirers have given statements and others took to their Twitter to express their feelings on the news. 

In a statement released to Hollywood.com, Oscar winner Denzel Washington, who worked with Scott on five projects, including his last film Unstoppable said, "Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone.  He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of filmmaking and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance.  My family sends their prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Scott family."  

According to E!, Top Gun star Tom Cruise said in a statement, "Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time." Nicole Kidman, who worked with Cruise and Scott on Days of Thunder stated, "I'm so so sad. I loved Tony and he was always so good to me. He will be deeply missed by so many of us that knew him."

You can read a sampling of what Hollywood had to say on Twitter below. 

Love ya Tony, always have, always will

— Christian Slater (@ChristianSlate4) August 20, 2012

No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 20, 2012

RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed. ow.ly/d5Ngo

— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 20, 2012

There hasnt been 1 day since it came out that some1 doesnt say to me"I love #TrueRomance" Tony Scott was a sweet enthusiastic & lovin man

— Michael Rapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 20, 2012

Tony Scott. Damn. Great knowing you, buddy. Thanks for the inspiration, advice, encouragement, and the decades of great entertainment.

— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) August 20, 2012

So sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. His movies made growing up more fun for me. My prayers and condolences to the Scott family.

— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) August 20, 2012

I'm deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Tony Scott's death and my thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.

— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) August 20, 2012

Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) August 20, 2012

Deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony Scott. A fine film-maker and the most charming, modest man.

— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 20, 2012

So very, very sorry to hear of the death of Tony Scott. A terrible, terrible loss of a truly talented, brilliant man.

— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) August 20, 2012

Awww Tony.Wish you had felt there was a way to keep going.What a sad waste.My thoughts go out to his wife and beautiful children.

— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) August 20, 2012

RIP Tony Scott. Damn. He was a huge inspiration. Very sad.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 20, 2012

Saddened by the death of Tony Scott. A wonderful film maker and a funny, sweet guy. My condolences to his family.

— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) August 20, 2012

The death of Tony Scott is shocking and saddening. He was an inspired craftsman.

— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) August 20, 2012

So sorry to hear of Tony Scott's passing. Such a sad loss. Condolences to his family, friends and fans of his films.

— yvette nicole brown (@yvettenbrown) August 20, 2012

Collaborating with the great Tony Scott was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My thoughts are with his family tonight.

— Richard Kelly (@JRichardKelly) August 20, 2012

Devastated by the death of Tony Scott. Just watched True Romance 1 of my top 5 fav movies ever a few nights ago. #RIP

— Dane Cook (@danecook) August 20, 2012

I've been extremely fortunate in my career. A career I wouldn't have without Tony Scott's persistence, love and relentless support.

— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 20, 2012

Taking a moment to reflect on Tony Scott's life & work! My sympathies to his family. Feeling the loss!

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2012

My heart stopped when I heard of the tragic death of 1 of r most inspiring directors, Tony Scott. Rest In Peace Tony. U will be missd so...

— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) August 20, 2012

Tony Scott was incredibly encouraging to me at an early stage of my career. He was generous, gregarious & immensely talented. Sadness.

— mark romanek (@markromanek) August 20, 2012

True Romance. The scene with Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper in a Detroit railyard is a classic. RIP Tony Scott.

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 20, 2012

Tony Scott director of my favorite movie man on fire." I wish you had moretime "

— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) August 20, 2012

So sad to hear about Tony Scott. A master of grand action, nail biting pace and atmosphere. A real loss to film making.

— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 20, 2012

It's bittersweet to see the overwhelming praise for Tony Scott's work today. It's very much deserved, but sad he didn't hear it for himself.

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 20, 2012

#RIPTONYSCOTTBig fan. Thank you for all of your movies. Sad day.

— Peter Facinelli (@peterfacinelli) August 20, 2012

Tony Scott, rest in peace. How horribly sad.

— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) August 20, 2012

RIP Tony Scott. Never knew him but always heard nothing but great things about him and I loved his films. Terrible loss for cinema.

— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 20, 2012

Rest in Peace...Tony Scott

— Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott) August 20, 2012

Just so sad about Tony Scott. R.I.P.

— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) August 20, 2012

Two of my favorite movies of all time, "true romance" and "the hunger" #RIPTONYSCOTT

— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 20, 2012

Shocked.Tony Scott is a legend.Tragic and sad day.Thoughts and prayers for his family.

— Marc Webb (@MarcW) August 20, 2012

RIP mr. Tony Scott. :(

— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) August 20, 2012

"I make a movie because it's something that inspires me" ~ Tony Scott 6/21/44 - 8/19/12 Your movies inspired me..

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 20, 2012

met tony scott once. thought we would meet again. saddened by news of his passing. grateful for the work he leaves behind. peace to you sir.

— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) August 20, 2012

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