Sunday, April 14, 2024

L.A. County Coroner: Director Tony Scott Did NOT Have Brain Cancer


Whatever happened to the hoopla surrounding director Tony Scott’s suicide? ABC News reported that Scott had brain cancer, then sort of it took it back but never retracted story. This afternoon I spoke with L.A. County Coronor Ed Winter who told me: “Tony Scott did not have brain cancer.” Like a lot of suicides, Scott may have just snapped. and there’s no accounting for why he jumped off the San Pedro Bridge. His death is simply a tragedy. Winter says they’re still waiting for the toxicology report, which may explain something if there was a bad mix of prescription drugs, etc. Anyway, it’s unclear why ABC has never conceded they were wrong by following blog posts and innuendo. They haven’t written a word more about it since August 27th. Scott, meanwhile, is much missed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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