TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Hartlepool student who went on to become a famous Hollywood director.
Director Tony Scott, who studied at the town’s former Rosebank School and Hartlepool College of Art, is said to have taken his own life by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, in Los Angeles.
It has now been reported in America that he had been suffering from inoperable brain cancer when he jumped to his death.
Mr Scott was famous for directing some of the most successful Hollywood blockbusters and was best known for Top Gun, Days Of Thunder and Beverley Hills Cop II.
The 68-year-old, originally from North Shields and who also lived in Stockton, was the younger brother of film-maker Ridley Scott, who also studied at Hartlepool College of Art.
Former classmates, who also attended Rosebank School, have paid tribute to their friend.
A 67-year-old woman, who lives in the West Park area but did not wish to be named, said: “One of my former classmates was Tony Scott and I still have pictures of him.
“He was a brilliant artist and when we did art nobody else in the class could reach the same level.
“Tony was a quiet boy, very pleasant, and he worked hard.
“I can remember being in the same class as him for about three or four years.”
A dive team pulled Mr Scott’s body from the water several hours after members of the public alerted emergency services, having seen him jump from the bridge.
A note is said to have been found at his office and he had left contact details in his black Toyota Prius parked close to the scene.
Mr Scott, who lived in Beverly Hills, was married to the actress Donna Scott, his third wife with whom he had twin sons.
Meanwhile, Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) tweeted a message of condolence, which read: “Absolutely devastated to come to work and find out that Tony Scott had died.
“Our thoughts go out to his brother CCAD alumni Sir Ridley Scott and all of the Scott family, especially his wife Donna.”