Celebrities, Including Bette Midler, Mourn The Loss Of Director Tony Scott

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Tom Cruise, celebs mourns loss of Tony Scott
Tue 21 August 2012

Tom Cruise has remembered his Top Gun director Tony Scott as a “creative visionary” and a “dear friend” following his death yesterday.

The pair teamed up for the action classic in 1986 and Cruise and Scott remained close after filming ended.

The moviemaker, who was reportedly suffering from an inoperable form of brain cancer, tragically jumped to his death in Los Angeles on Sunday, aged 68, and his sudden passing has left Cruise shaken.

He tells TMZ.com: “Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Scott’s death is currently being investigated as a suicide.

Dozens of celebrities have already spoken out to pay tribute to the icon, including directors Ron Howard and Michael Moore, and Hollywood star Bette Midler is struggling to come to terms with the news.

In a tweet, she writes, “Tony Scott’s suicide, unfathomable. I am stunned.”

Below are a collection of quotes from others in Hollywood with thoughts on Scott’s death:

“Tony was always sensitive to the needs of an actor. We’ve lost a wonderful, creative talent.” – Gene Hackman.

“Tony was one of the good guys. He was a man’s man who lived life as hard and as full as anyone I’ve ever met, but there was always a sweetness to his toughness. He was truly in love with his profession, and he is already missed.” Kevin Costner.

“Prayers And Blessings To The Family Of Fellow Director Tony Scott And Brother Ridley. God Bless You.” Spike Lee, on Twitter.

“So sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. His movies made growing up more fun for me. My prayers and condolences to the Scott family.” Justin Timberlake, on Twitter.

“Saddened by the death of Tony Scott. A wonderful film maker and a funny, sweet guy. My condolences to his family.” Susan Sarandon, via Twitter.

“No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.” Ron Howard tweeted.

“The death of Tony Scott is shocking and saddening. He was an inspired craftsman.” Roger Ebert, via Twitter.

“So sad to hear about Tony Scott. A master of grand action, nail biting pace and atmosphere. A real loss to film making.” Writer-actor Simon Pegg, on Twitter.

“Taking a moment to reflect on Tony Scott’s life & work! My sympathies to his family. Feeling the loss!” Samuel L Jackson, via Twitter.

“I am so shocked & completely saddened over hearing that Tony Scott passed away today. He was such an amazing spirit, full of life & passion.” Mena Suvari, on Twitter.

“So very, very sorry to hear of the death of Tony Scott. A terrible, terrible loss of a truly talented, brilliant man.” Tweeted Martha Plimpton.

“Tony Scott. Damn. Great knowing you, buddy. Thanks for the inspiration, advice, encouragement, and the decades of great entertainment.” Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, on Twitter.

“Can’t quite believe we have lost the brilliance of Tony Scott, as a filmmaker and a friend.” Veteran producer Frank Marshall, via Twitter.

“Tony Scott director of my favorite movie man on fire. I wish you had more time” Tweeted Chris Rock.

“Shocking and devastating news. He was the best and will be greatly missed.” Christian Slater, on Twitter.

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