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Cruise hails 'visionary' Scott

Tom Cruise praised Tony Scott as a "creative visionary" as he added his voice to the tributes paid to the director, who jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles.

The 68-year-old, originally from North Shields, was best known for action-packed Hollywood blockbusters such as Top Gun and Days Of Thunder, which both starred Tom.

Tony, younger brother of film-maker Ridley Scott, leapt from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in LA and his death is being treated as suicide.

Denzel Washington, frequently the leading man in his films including Crimson Tide and The Taking Of Pelham 123, said: "Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone.

"He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of film-making and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance," he added.

Tom, who became a major name after being cast in the lead for Top Gun, said he "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."

There had been reports that Tony was suffering from inoperable brain cancer, but the Los Angeles Coroner's office has said his family were not aware of any such illness.

The results the autopsy may not be known for six weeks, according to the Los Angeles Department of Coroners. A spokesman said "further tests" were being carried out.

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