- - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The body of Tony Scott has been cremated, and his widow will keep his remains at their Los Angeles-area home.

The information is included on Scott’s death certificate, which was released Monday.

The document doesn’t include a formal determination of Scott’s cause of death. Coroner’s officials expect it will take several weeks to finalize their investigation, but they are treating his case as a probable suicide.

The “Top Gun” director jumped from a bridge into the Los Angeles Harbor on Aug. 19. Family and close friends gathered over the weekend to honor the British-born director at a private memorial.

His family also announced Monday that they have created a memorial scholarship at the American Film Institute to help future filmmakers and honor his creative legacy.

Pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer. He won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 23. (Associated Press)
Pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer. He ... more >

The last film Scott directed was 2010’s “Unstoppable.”

Pianist Van Cliburn fighting advanced cancer

Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday.

The 78-year-old Mr. Cliburn is under excellent care and his spirits are high, said longtime friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone.

Mr. Cliburn skyrocketed to fame in 1958 when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 23. He triumphantly returned to a New York ticker tape parade, the only one ever for a classical musician, and a Time magazine cover proclaimed him “The Texan Who Conquered Russia.”

In the years that followed, Mr. Cliburn’s popularity soared, and the young man from the small east Texas town of Kilgore sold out concerts, broke record sales, caused riots when spotted in public and even prompted an Elvis Presley fan club to change its name to his.

But he tired of years of performing mainly the same pieces that made him famous — such as Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” which had sealed his Moscow win — and took a sabbatical in 1978, feeling emotionally drained from nonstop touring. Mr. Cliburn later moved from New York to Fort Worth, where he currently lives and where he remained active in the arts and social scenes. He began playing publicly again in the late 1980s.

Until only recently, Mr. Cliburn practiced daily and performed limited engagements.

He has performed for every president since Harry Truman, and for years has devoted his time to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Founded by Fort Worth music teachers in 1962, it’s held every four years and considered among the world’s premier piano competitions.

Mr. Cliburn won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.

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