Tony Scott Suicide: Coroner Finds ‘Therapeutic’ Levels of Drugs in His System

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An initial autopsy report has come out of the LA County Coroner’s Office formally ruling Tony Scott‘s Aug. 19 death a suicide. According to, the coroner says the famed director-producer and Top Gun helmer had “therapeutic level of Mirtazipine (Remeron), which is an anti-depressant, and zopiclone (Lunesta), a sleep-aid” in his body when he jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif.

While the drugs weren’t the cause of his death, the report does say that the 68-year-old passed away from the injuries caused by his fall. Drowning is also listed as a “significant condition.”

Scott, the brother of director Ridley Scott, had left a suicide note in his office on the day of his death. His family has shot down reports that he had been suffering from incurable brain cancer — and E! says that there was no mention of cancer in the initial autopsy report that was conducted on Aug. 20.

For now, this is all the information that is available surrounding Scott’s death. The full autopsy report will be released in two weeks.

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