NORTH East-born film director Tony Scott has died after reportedly jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles.
The 68-year-old, pictured, who studied at the former Sunderland Art School, shot to fame in the 1980s with a string of action films, including Top Gun.
Other hits included Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder and Beverly Hills Cop II.
North Shields-born Tony, the brother of Alien director Ridley Scott, is said to have jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which spans San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said his death was being investigated as a suicide.
Scott was famous for his fast-paced blockbusters, and carved out a distinctive style to his films using fast editing and digital effects.
He made a number of films with actor Denzel Washington, including Man on Fire and most recently Unstoppable.
At the time of his death, he was rumoured to be working with Tom Cruise on a sequel to Top Gun.
Tony also attended West Hartlepool College of Art and earned a degree from the Royal College of Art.