BREAKING 5:45 PM… EXCLUSIVE: Tony Scott’s widow Donna has told police that the famed filmmaker/TV producer did not have brain cancer, informed insiders tell Deadline. That makes erroneous this morning’s Good Morning America report that he “had inoperable brain cancer” and quoted “a source close to him”.
The news was widely picked up by media outlets globally (but not Deadline) as the reason why Scott committed suicide Sunday by jumping off a Los Angeles County bridge at 12:35 PM.
This is the second time in a month that ABC News has erroneously reported on a sensitive news story.
During the Aurora flick theater shooting tragedy, ABC News claimed the gunman was a Tea Party member which was not true.[UPDATE 6:30 PM: After Deadline corrected the ABC report, ABC News put out this new headline, "Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt" and this new text: "The family of director Tony Scott, who died Sunday after jumping off a Los Angeles bridge, was not aware Scott had cancer, Los Angeles County Coroner Ed Winter told ABC News station KABC in Los Angeles.
ABC News was unable to reach Scott's family to confirm the coroner's statement.
ABC News had reported the director of flicks such as Top Gun, Days of Thunder, and Crimson Tide had inoperable brain cancer, citing a source close to Scott.]Meanwhile, Lt Fred Corral with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office tells Deadline that an autopsy was completed today on the 68-year-old Scott, but ...... See Complete Article @ Deadline Hollywood