The widow of “Top Gun” director Tony Scott has denied that her husband had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, it has been reported.
Actress Donna Wilson said rumors the movie director was ill were “absolutely false.”
Her comments emerged after a post mortem was conducted on the director. Findings from the post mortem were not released, pending toxicology tests.
ABC News initially reported that a source close to the family had confirmed that Tony Scott was suffering from inoperable brain cancer.
However, LA county coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter refused to comment on the reports.
He added that the examination of Mr Scott’s brain could not be completed yesterday.
A source told TMZ: “We’re told Scott’s wife says Tony did not have any other severe medical issues that would have caused him to take his own life.”
ABC News later amended their story under the headline: “Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt”.
Meanwhile tributes continued to pour in for the 68-year-old, who directed “Top Gun”, “Days of Thunder”, “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Crimson Tide”.
“Top Gun” actor Tom Cruise said Tony was a “dear friend” who would be sorely missed.
“Top Gun” co-star Val Kilmer said Mr Scott was “the kindest film director I ever worked for” in a post on Twitter.
Police and the US Coast Guard pulled Tony’s body out of the water near the Vincent Thomas Bridge over Los Angeles Harbor on Sunday.
Investigators found a suicide note in his office, the Los Angeles Times reported. Its contents have not been revealed.
A witness saw Mr Scott climb over a fence on the bridge and jump into the water, according to Lieutenant Joseph Bale of the coroner’s office.
Tony Scott was the younger brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott, the maker of Oscar-winning movies such as “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down”.