Tony Scott's Family Denies Report of Brain Cancer

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 21 2012 10:55 AM

Tony Scott's Family Denies Report of Brain Cancer

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About that ABC News report that Tony Scott was suffering from inoperable brain cancer when he jumped to his death Sunday from a California bridge ...

While the original report got plenty of traction—no doubt because it in part helped to make sense of something that is difficult to make sense of: suicide—the Los Angeles coroner said Monday evening that the Hollywood director's family told him that it wasn't true. "The family told us it is incorrect that he has inoperable brain cancer," Craig Harvey, a chief for the coroner's office, told the Los Angeles Times.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.