Tony Scott Inoperable Brain Cancer Reports 'Absolutely False', Says Family

Reports suggesting Tony Scott was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer before his death, have been called "absolutely false" by the director's widow Donna Wilson, reports TMZ.

Her comments emerged after a post-mortem was conducted on the Top Gun director and ABC News in America initially reported that a source close to the family had confirmed that Scott was suffering from cancer.

Findings from the examination have not yet been released and are pending toxicology tests.

Tony Scott's sudden death has shocked his friends and admirers in Hollywood

Friends, fans and collaborators have been struggling to accept the news of the death of the director - Ridley Scott's younger brother - who jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in LA at lunchtime on Sunday.

According to local press reports, the director of hit films such as True Romance left notes in his car with contact information, and further letters in his office.

In the wake of the tragedy, Ridley Scott has halted work on his new film The Counselor, starring Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz, to be with his family, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ridley was spotted at at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday waiting to catch a flight to LA, where he is expected to comfort his sister-in-law, Donna Wilson Scott, and his twin nephews.

Film4 in London have republished a video interview with Tony Scott, which he recorded in 2006 for the release of his film Deja Vu.

In the video, he confided: "I don't socialise, I don't function, I don't function outside my office. I've got this cocoon, this little space that I occupy.

"I'm like this gypsy and I don't really feel part of the Hollywood culture, or part of that system, I feel as if I'm doing my thing."

And he added that he believed he would never win an Oscar. Watch the video here.

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