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Tony Scott’s Toxicology: No cancer, just anti-depressants

By / 10.23.12

It would’ve been nice to know Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer when he jumped off the San Pedro bridge – at least that would’ve been an explanation. But like farts being funny, it’ll just have to remain unexplainable because all he had in his system was anti-depressants and sleeping pills. Maybe it was the star whackers.

Director Tony Scott was not suffering from cancer and did not have any serious underlying medical conditions — including cancer — at the time of his suicide, chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey said.
Los Angeles County coroner’s officials released their final cause of death in the 68-year-old’s suicide, finding that he died of multiple blunt-force injuries after leaping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The director also had therapeutic levels of the sleep aid Lunestra and the anti-depressant Mirtazipine, also known as Remeron, in his system, according to results of toxicology tests.
Harvey told The Times that investigators found no pre-existing conditions in Scott, based on both the autopsy and medical records.

Harvey said investigators interviewed Scott’s family, but the discussion shed no light on the suicide.
Several of Scott’s associates told The Times that the director had mentioned back or hip problems in the months prior to his death, but many said they had no indication it was anything other than business as normal for the director-producer.
“He was completely on a high — laughing and energetic,” said Elizabeth Gabler, whose Fox 2000 studio division made “Man on Fire” and was developing Scott’s next film, “Lucky Strike.” They were scheduled to discuss script notes on the morning after he died, she said. [LATimes]

Low levels of sleeping pills and anti-depressants – basically what you’d expect from someone considering offing themselves. And you won’t get this advice from a doctor, but there’s no sleeping pill or anti-depressant stronger than suicide.


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