Celebrity website TMZ has turned down an offer for video showing director Tony Scott committing suicide in Los Angeles.
The website said that surveillance footage from a nearby business and cell phone videos that show Scott jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday are being shopped around.
“TMZ has seen the footage … but we did not purchase the material,” the website said in a post. “It’s unclear if another media outlet has taken the bait.”
The 68-year-old directed more than 15 films in his lifetime. He was best known for “Top Gun,” the top grossing film of 1986, “Enemy of the State” and “Unstoppable.”
Tom Cruise, who starred in “Top Gun” and Scott’s “Days of Thunder” released a statement shortly after news of the director’s death broke.
“He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable,” the actor wrote. “My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time.”
A spokesman for Scott and his older brother, Oscar winning director Ridley Scott, said that “the family asks that their privacy is respected at this time.”
The brothers have their own production company, Scott Free, whose films included “Man on Fire,” “Black Hawk Down,” and television show “The Good Wife.”
According to multiple media outlets, two suicides notes were found after his death. The first one, found in the Toyota Prius he used to drive himself to the bridge, contained names and numbers of people Scott wanted police to contact following his death. A second note was later found in the director’s office.
Scott is survived by his wife, Donna, and sons Frank and Max.