Gathering planned to honour film director Tony Scott

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, director Tony Scott arrives at the premiere of "Unstoppable" in Los Angeles. Authorities say Scott died after jumping of a bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, director Tony Scott arrives at the premiere of "Unstoppable" in Los Angeles. Authorities say Scott died after jumping of a bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
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A FILM director who studied on Wearside before going on to make some of the best – known action movies is to be laid to rest this weekend.

Tony Scott studied fine art at Sunderland Art Schoolbefore following his brother Ridley in to the business.

He went on to make Top Gun, True Romance and Days of Thunder among many others.

The 68-year-old, who was born in North Shields and raised on Teesside, died on Sunday after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Long Beach, California.

Notes and contact details of people to be contacted about the tragedy were found in this Toyota Prius a short distance away.

Claims he has been suffering from an inoperable brain tumour, made by a family friend, have been strongly denied by his wife

Mr Scott will be laid to rest at a private memorial service for close family to be held in Los Angeles this weekend.

His loved ones have said they will announce a gathering to celebrate his life and work at a later date.

Tributes have been paid to the director from stars including Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington, who appeared in his films.

He had run Scott Free Productions with his 75-year-old brother.