The family of the late director Tony Scott, who leapt to his death from a San Pedro bridge August 19 in an apparent suicide, have established a scholarship at the American Film Institute in the filmmaker’s name, according to a story by Daniel Miller in the Hollywood Reporter.
The Tony Scott Scholarship Fund has been created to “honor the late ‘Top Gun’ director’s life and work” and further the AFI’s mission of educating and inspiring the next generation of filmmakers. The 68-year-old director was laid to rest at a private family funeral August 24, and his family has requested that caring fans and supporters donate to the new fund rather than send flowers.
Scott directed the films “Days of Thunder,” “Man on Fire,” “Domino,” “Unstoppable,” “Crimson Tide,” “The Hunger” and “The Last Boy Scout,” among others. While he apparently left notes to friends and family, no explanation for his actions has yet been made public.