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Director Tony Scott's family: No brain cancer

9:55 AM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
Director Tony Scott at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's 'Unstoppable' at Regency Village Theater on October 26, 2010 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES -- The "why" of Tony Scott's suicide continues to baffle, as conflicting stories are emerging about the director's health.

The Los Angeles Coroner's office says that an autopsy was conducted on Scott, 68, who jumped off a Los Angeles bridge to his death on Sunday afternoon. A final cause of death, however, will not be available until toxicology and other test results are completed in several weeks.

ABCNews.com initially reported Monday that a source said Scott had an inoperable brain tumor. The site later changed the story to say the "cancer report appears in doubt."

On Monday evening, Craig Harvey, a chief for the coroner's office said, "The family told us it is incorrect that he has inoperable brain cancer," reports the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that Scott recently told friends he had a hip operation, but many feared it was a recurrence of cancer.

"He has been suffering from cancer and he had a relapse," a source close to the director told The Post. Another source said, "He had been in the hospital earlier this summer, in the past few months, and he had been recuperating. The official story was it was a hip operation, but people suspected he underwent another cancer operation." A third source added, "He did have cancer, and for a while, he was cancer-free."

TMZ reports that Donna Scott, Tony's wife, told investigators that reports of brain cancer are "absolutely false." She added, according to TMZ, that Scott did not have any other severe medical issues.

Simon Halls, a spokesman for Scott and his older brother, Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott, issued a statement Monday saying, "The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time."

(USA Today)

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