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Tom Cruise Calls Tony Scott a "Dear Friend" and a "Creative Visionary"

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Aug. 20 2012, Published 8:34 a.m. ET

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One day after prolific Hollywood director Tony Scott jumped to his death, Tom Cruise is speaking out about the tragic situation.

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The 50-year-old shot to fame after he starred in Top Gun, a film directed by Scott where he played a fighter pilot.

On August 19, the British 68-year-old leapt off the Vincent Thomas Bridge at the Los Angeles Harbor around 12:30 p.m.

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His body was found a few hours later by divers. He left a suicide note in his office and it was reported today he was battling inoperable brain cancer, which may have spurred the suicide.

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Upon hearing the sad news, Tom wrote on Twitter, "Tony was my dear friend and I 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. -Tom"

In addition to working with Scott on Top Gun, Tom starred in his film Days of Thunder, where he met ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

Scott had numerous other huge hits which include Beverly Hills Cop II, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, and the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. He also served as an executive producer on CBS' The Good Wife.

Scott leaves behind a wife and two young sons.

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