British film director Tony Scott (Top Gun, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Enemy of the State, Unstoppable and many others) stunned the world of cinema by taking his own life on 19 August, in Los Angeles. Apparently passers-by who witnessed the event managed to capture the tragedy on hand-held devices.
Some of these examples of human pondlife have been trying to hawk their tawdry films around news agencies. So far there have been no takers.
Suicide is a terrible facet of human existence. Together with mental illness, it is a strongly emotive subject. It never deserves to be stigmatised. Whatever drove respected and highly popular director Tony Scott to decide the world would be a better place without his presence, the least his immediate family and friends deserve is the sympathy and empathy of their fellow human beings. Anyone dreaming of the potential fortune to be gained by cashing in on such a personal moment deserves nothing but vilification.
In tribute to Tony, here's a clip of one poignant moment from his Tarantino-penned directorial tour-de-force, True Romance. In this scene, Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper) realises gangster Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken) is about to execute him, so he spends his final few moments taunting his killer.