He had the love and respect of Hollywood's elite, including his own brother and fellow director Ridley Scott.  But something went terribly wrong for Tony Scott.  The movie maker leaped to his death off a bridge overlooking Los Angeles Harbor Sunday in California.  He was 68 and recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. 

Onlookers say Tony Scott parked his Toyota Prius on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, walked to the ledge, and jumped without hesitation.  Rescuers pulled his body from the water several hours later.  He was dead.

Reportedly a suicide note was found in the director's office.

Tony Scott rose to fame in the 1980's after directing films like 'Top Gun' and 'Beverly Hills Cop 2'.  He worked with Tom Cruise again in 1990 on 'Days of Thunder'.  In 1995 he began a long partnership with actor Denzel Washington.  The two would go on to make 'Crimson Tide', 'Man On Fire', 'The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3', and mostly recently 'Unstoppable'.

Scott's other blockbusters include 'True Romance', 'Enemy Of The State', 'The Last Boyscout', 'Spy Game', and 'The Fan' starring Robert DeNiro.

His most recent accomplishment is the soon-to-be-released 'Out Of The Furnace' starring Christian Bale.

The British-born Tony Scott leaves behind a wife and twin sons.

His equally famous older brother Ridley Scott left Heathrow Airport in London this morning bound for the  West Coast.