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The L.A. County coroner’s office said autopsy results showed therapeutic levels of the antidepressant mirtazapine, trade name Remeron, and the sleep aid zopiclone, trade name Lunesta, in his system.
The cause of death was suicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries and drowning, said coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter.
Chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey told the L.A. Times that Scott had no serious underlying conditions. “There was no evidence of neoplasia — cancer — identified,” Mr. Harvey told the newspaper.
Initial reports after his death suggested Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, but his widow, Donna Wilson, dismissed the rumors as “absolutely false”
Scott was the younger brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott, the maker of Oscar-winning movies like “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down” as well as other hits, including “Blade Runner.”
Born in Britain in 1944, he made his mark in the mid-1980s when he directed “Top Gun,” an action-filled blockbuster about elite navy pilots featuring then-rising star Tom Cruise.
Scott also directed “Enemy of the State,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Spy Game,” “Unstoppable” and “Crimson Tide,” a submarine thriller starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington.
A prolific filmmaker, Scott had more that 30 new projects in the pipeline, including “Top Gun 2,” a sequel to the original movie, where Mr. Cruise was again expected to play the lead role.
Scott and Ms. Wilson, his third wife, had twin sons.
Prince Charles, Camilla to attend ‘Skyfall’ premiere
The latest James Bond movie is getting its world premiere in London, with Prince Charles on hand to give it a royal seal of approval.
Charles and his wife, Camilla, were due to attend the screening at the Royal Albert Hall, along with stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem.
Proceeds from Tuesday’s royal gala are going to charities that help members of Britain’s intelligence services.
“Skyfall” is the 23rd official Bond film and Mr. Craig’s third outing as the suave superspy. Miss Dench plays spy chief M, battling a crisis with roots in her past, and Mr. Bardem is a villain bent on revenge.
Some critics are hailing the Sam Mendes-directed film as the best Bond in years.
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