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Tony Scott Anti-Depressants: Prescription Drugs Found In 'Top Gun' Director's System

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Tony Scott jumped off a Los Angeles bridge on Aug. 19.
Tony Scott jumped off a Los Angeles bridge on Aug. 19.

Director Tony Scott leapt to his death in August, leaving many behind scratching their heads as to what caused the esteemed director (and brother of Ridley Scott) to take his life. Now, an autopsy report released by the LA County coroner's office may provide some clues about the final moments of the 68-year-old British director's life.

The report ruled that the official cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries and drowning. But it also showed that therapeutic levels of the anti-depressant mirtazapine and prescription sleeping pill Lunesta were found in Scott's system at the time of his death. Side effects of mirtazapine can include general symptoms of malaise, but more rarely, can result in severe mood changes and hallucinations, according to Mayo Clinic. Meanwhile, Lunesta is described as an eszopiclone medication used to treat insomnia.

Scott, the director behind such films as "True Romance," "Top Gun" and "Enemy of the State," jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Aug. 19 in Los Angeles. He left notes for friends and loved ones in his car, but did not indicate a cause for his actions. His death has officially been ruled a suicide by the coroner's office.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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