Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer. Yeesh.

August 20th, 2012 // 84 Comments
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If you’re wondering why Tony Scott jumped off a bridge yesterday, or at least were before you read the headline, ABC News is reporting the director had inoperable brain cancer so it was The Hunger Games! which suggests he decided to go out on his own terms which, in all seriousness, is badass in my book. Suck it, cancer:

The Coroner’s Office found several notes to loved ones in Scott’s car, a spokesman told The Associated Press. A suicide note was later found at his office, according to the AP.
“I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time,” Scott’s spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement, according to the AP.

Considering a ton of people on the bridge and in the water witnessed Tony’s suicide in broad daylight, I’m going to assume his morning to-do list had exactly two items on it. 1. “Don’t die of fucking brain cancer.” 2. “Freak out a bunch of hipsters in San Pedro.” His only regret is not grabbing a pair of black-rimmed glasses on the way down. “These aren’t even prescription!” I like to believe he’d yell.

UPDATE: So, funny story

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  1. El Jefe

    I knew it. I knew it had to be something like that to make a guy like this do something that drastic. Still, that is a pretty extreme way to go.

  2. Basement Jack

    He was a director. I guess he wanted to direct his own ending. Makes sense to me. I don’t blame him one bit.


  3. Adrienne

    I wonder which is easier for his family to accept: him jumping off a bridge and leaving them abruptly or him slowly wasting away in front of them? Ugh how awful….

  4. You know, I think it WAS The Hunger Games that led to this.

    Brain-Cancerous Tony Scott Watches The Hunger Games
    “I directed this movie? I don’t remember this at all. When do Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve get it on?”

  5. Dick Hell

    I respect his motivation, although closed caskets can sometimes make it tough for family and friends to find closure. A method resulting in less visible injuries would have been preferable. Damn it Tony, demand a do-over.

  6. Oops, turned out he was mis-diagnosed. The second set of tests just came back from the lab. It wasnt inoperable after all. Oh well lol.

    • Matt Lauer

      Doctor: I have good news and bad news. The good news you have 24 hours to live.
      Patient: If that’s the good news what’s the bad news?
      Doctor: I meant to tell you yesterday…

      • vgrly

        Your joke would have been funnier without the pseudo convo. How would have the guy responded if he were dead?

  7. p216

    Pfffft. Richard Farnsworth had terminal bone cancer, so he made a final movie while in considerable pain, gave the performance of a lifetime, got nominated for an Oscar, then shot himself. THAT is bad-ass. Jumping off a bridge is right above taking a bunch of pills as being a girly suicide.

  8. Mark Heidler

    He killed himself in front of tourists.

    So, not really a badass.

  9. Suicide is a selfish way to go. There really is no way to put a positive spin on it.

    • Lemmiwinks

      A bunch of posthumous Medal of Honor recipients beg to differ.

      • There is a huge difference between dying in battle and parking your Prius on the side of the road and jumping off a bridge in front of a bunch of people because you’re ill.

      • mismy

        Keep on judging people, you’re so righteous!!

      • I’m sure his twin sons are super proud of their dad.

      • Mol

        My dad committed suicide when he was diagnosed with ALS. Not once did I ever blame him. He wanted to die a healthy, happy man instead of dying fully conscious inside of a body that can’t move.

        I’m proud of my dad, and you’re ignorant. Congrats to both of us.

      • Lemmiwinks

        You stated there is no way to put a positive spin on suicide. Sacrificed oneself to save others. You were wrong.

      • I know you left wing types love your semantics, but a soldier’s death isn’t considered suicide. I stand by what I said. Suicide is a cowards way out and there is no positive way to spin that otherwise. His family will always have that hanging over their heads. As far as I’m concerned, he died a selfish prick.

      • Taylor

        Good one, Eric. Know what else left wing types like? Critical thinking. You should try it sometime.

      • Arnold Schwarzenegger

        Give Eric a break, you don’t know, he could have a brain tum-uh.

      • Here’s a critical thought. He could have offed himself alone, in his house. He needed an audience, so he jumped off a bridge in front of people. Selfish, ego-driven prick.

        I’m surprised he didn’t set up a film crew.

      • Who's your mama

        Eric, stick to making jokes. No one cares about your opinion, especially when you’re going to bring politics into it.

      • Julio

        … Words don’t describe how much of a douche you are. A man was in an impossible situation and chose to go out while he was still reasonably healthy instead of living in extreme pain, becoming emaciated, losing his ability to think, having his dignity stripped away piece by piece and having his family watch it all unfold in agonizing detail.

        It’s not a choice I’d ever want to have to make, it’s not a situation I ever want to be in and I’m sure as fuck not going to judge someone based upon how they reacted to it.

        So he jumped off a bridge and pancaked in the water below, big deal. He didn’t call a crowd together, he didn’t announce that he was going to commit suicide, he didn’t wait for the police to show up to try and talk him down. He got out of his car, climbed the fence and jumped… hardly the dick manoeuvre you’re making it out to be.

        “suicide is always a coward’s way out”

        You are such an empty vessel of a human being… not only are you without compassion for a man who’s just died but you’ve pulled out your soapbox and started judging your ass off. I seriously doubt his children think any less of their dad for the way he’s died but what I do know is they’d be horrified by your comments.

      • Damn well said, Julio!

      • The truth always hurts. The man was a coward.

      • Megan

        I wonder why it is that people think its so brave and honorable to die a slow, painful death of cancer or other illness. And by the sounds of it he WOULD have died. I’m assuming you’ve never watched someone die slowly over the course of weeks or months or years, but as someone who has, I can assure you this honor in slow death is a load of crap. People should not have to spend the last weeks or months of their lives in constant pain, unable to feed or clean themselves, use the washroom, suffering from the number of unpleasant ailments that occur from being bedridden, unable to do anything including talk or breathe unassisted. When people have terminal illnesses it does not end like it does in the movies. Shame on you for denying very sick people the right to control something in their obliterated lives if they so choose to do so.

      • Taylor

        Right Eric, because if there’s one thing people with inoperable brain cancer really excel at it’s clear and rational thinking.

  10. He was courageous man. He should have pushed some people off the bridge on the way out.

    • Matt Lauer

      I was trying to figure out who I’d like him to have taken along for the ride. Gave up after concluding they’d have to use both sides of the bridge and jump in shifts… and THAT was just for the Kardashians.

      • El Jefe

        If you rid the world of the Kardashians (except for Kendall), I will personally pay to build a bronze statue larger than Joe Paterno’s in your honor.

  11. Who's your mama

    Had a feeling it was something like that. Poor guy. I kinda don’t blame him.

  12. Hipsters? In San Pedro? I don’t think so.

    Think heroin. Lots and lots of heroin.

  13. Gin&Tonic

    my grandmother’s 102 and her “life” is an absolute living hell: she can’t feed/bathe/go to the toilet by herself, can’t east solid food, cant hear, barely see, walk, can only move her right arm not the left, and can’t even get out of a chair or bed without being physically lifted and her head supported. all she does literally is stare at the ceiling and occasionally make croaking pain noises. anyone who says euthanasia is wrong should take a look at her and see what can happen to a human being. tony scott did the right thing for his family and especially for himself, RIP

  14. This asshole ws the WORST DIRECTOR OF THE LAST 30 YEARS and I can’t believe he way people are slobbering with grief over this fucking hack. Hem ade nothing but horrible movies that had retina searing neon cinematography, terrible editing, fucking wreched shot composition nevermind that he shot everything through a cloud of fucking smoke.

    Tony Scott is the reason we have fucking scum like Michael Bay, Brett Rhatner, McG, Len Wiseman, Paul Anderson, Zack Snyder etc… making movies and I know that NO ONE would shed a tear if any of those cocksuckers snuffed it tomorrow.

    I’m glad this asswipe is dead and that I’ll never have to worry aout seeing another fucking penny spent on the type of trash that this piece of shit became famous for not to mention that he rode on his brothers coattails.

    Good fucking riddence and ROT IN HELL!!!

    • Jill

      In all fairness, I think a few men might shed a tear of joy if len wisemen dies, as it would leave Kate Beckinsale single.

    • Schmidtler

      the reason this guy kept making movies, and the reason we have ‘scum’ like Michael bay etc is because dumbasses keep flocking to their movies and handing over wads of cash to see them. Anybody ever wants to pay me shit tons of cash to make a movie with jive talking robots and massive explosions, I’m in.

    • Erik

      He’s still a human being, you fucking prick!

  15. IN MY OPINION suicide is the most selfish act a person can commit. The only person whose pain ends is the dead one. And while I can understand his reason for taking his own life, did he have to do it in broad daylight in front of innocent strangers? RIP, ya selfish grandstanding narcissist.

    • If your family really loves you, they don’t want you to suffer from inoperable brain cancer.
      If anyone loves you, they don’t say “Keep suffering and living in agony to please me.”

      • Joaquin ingles

        People are so absurd. Once the joy is gone what’s the fucking point of sticking around? Everyone’s gotta go so why not go on your own terms?

      • edna

        Hey CAS,

        no one is asking him to live in pain, I’m all for controlling your live and controlling your death, but come on, what an asshole, prick. Do it a home. I don’t want my child to witness this jackass taking his life..

      • I can understand that, too. It must have been horrifying for the onlookers.
        I just feel awful for him. He must have been so devastated to learn he was dying. I would want to find a way for myself that was quick and hopefully painless, if I was in his place.

      • And actually, Satan’s Bitch said “suicide is the most selfish act a person can commit. The only person whose pain ends is the dead one.”
        So that’s what I was answering.

      • @edna
        I meant to say I understand your feelings on that.

      • Well, CranApple, my brother committed suicide this year – just FYI – so I think I have some knowledge of this situation. He did it by hanging himself in a public place, so some poor sot who was just working another day at the job got to find his lifeless, throttled body.

        There are OTHER WAYS to die than in public, in full view of innocent people, inoperable brain tumor or not. Tony Scott threw himself off a bridge in broad daylight! Suicide is SELFISH in the extreme and to do it in full view of the public is unforgivably narcissistic!!

      • That’s what I just SAID. I understand it was awful to do that in public.

      • Someone disagrees with me. They think you SHOULD continue to live in agony. Isn’t that sweet?

  16. san pedro is full of hipsters? where on earth did you hear that?

  17. Mary Feeney

    When Jackie O died, a physician friend told me it was most likely she was “put to sleep” by her physician to spare her more pain, and that though of course this is never discussed in public, it is common among the wealthy. I don’t know if this is true, but I find it easy to believe. And I wonder why someone who could easily afford a private “Kevorkian” type treatment would choose what had to be a rather painful way out as well as one that might be traumatic for family and friends, AND that would set a bad example (whereas dying quietly of a cause that is never made public, assuming such a thing can be kept quiet, does not set an example).

  18. JungleRed

    Ugh! Go quietly at home with a gun or overdose. Why force people to watch this atrocity and traumatize them?

    Oh, right…Tony Scott, the director.

  19. My guess is he tried to drive the Prius off the bridge, but it hit a discarded coffee cup on the road before it got to the railing, stopping it in its tracks.

  20. cc

    Personally, if I find myself in that position I will try and find a way to take a few big game hunters with me.

  21. Cock Dr

    “the filmmaker ….scaled an 8- to 10-ft.-high fence and then leapt without hesitation.”
    I believe that suicide should really be a stay at home and don’t scare the neighbors kind of thing, but I do have to admire the audaciousness of this man’s final act.

    • Truth is, CD, that for people who want to end their lives, one form of suicide isn’t the same as another. People tend to be very specific about how they want to end their lives. I might judge him for ending his life in front of other people, but I won’t judge him for wanting to jump 200 feet into the harbor in order to end it.

    • Ernest Hemingway

      If you chose one of the messier methods be a sport and affix a stencil to the wall behind you with a message for whoever should happen to come along. With your brains on the wall spelling out “Have A Nice Day” or “Bless This Mess” first responders will nudge each other and whisper, “Gee, what a nice guy…”

    • USDA Prime McBeef

      ah, so people saw a dude jump. meh. could have pulled a toy gun on cops or ran into traffic. Just a couple months ago I got stuck in traffic cuz some idiot moron thought they should run out on the freeway cuz their BF broke up with them. Saw the coroner’s people drop 4 orange biohazard bags on a stretcher and load it in the back of an SUV. So like 4 peoples days and cars got fucked up and my commute was extended by 45 minutes while the highway is getting hosed off. That’s an asshole move.

  22. Joaquin ingles

    Brain cancer? I thought he was despondent over Prometheus.

  23. Mickey01232000

    I thought he just finally watched one of his movies.

  24. anonym


    no more shitty action movies.

    I hope they filmed his suicide. They could stick it in one of his work-in-progress films, without a need to hire a stunt double.

  25. Patch

    The jump took his breath away. ZING! I suck. He did direct my favorite movie ever, True Romance. So, he will be missed.

  26. edna

    he should have done it a home, and leave the poor people that need to clean up his body alone. What an egotistical asshole

    • kimmykimkim

      The poor people that need to clean up his body? Who do you think would have taken care of that had he killed himself at home? If it weren’t for biohazard cleaning services, the family would’ve been left to clean his brains off the walls. The city, the county, they don’t take care of that when it’s done at home. The family has to pay thousands of dollars to have professionals come in and clean up the blood and brains. So no, he should not have done it at home.

  27. sonas76

    I’ve had both my mother and my sister commit suicide when they were terminally ill. One by gunshot, one by overdose.

    Do I consider either of them ‘selfish’? No. I watched both of them live with agony for several years before they died. As an adult I work in nursing and have seen first hand what awaited them if they chose to ‘be strong’ and carry on. As far as I am concerned, it takes a lot more courage to make the decision to call it quits then to rot away because you might hurt someone’s feelings. It was their life to take.

    As for Mr. Scott deciding to go out in a public place…at least he didn’t decide to take a lot of other people with him when he went, like Charles Lee Whitman, another brain cancer victim.

  28. ((hugs sonas))
    Damn well said, sonas.


    Umm fyi he did not have brain cancer of anytype so nothing bad ass about killing yourself and letting your family suffer with the results..

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