British film director Tony Scott reportedly had inoperable brain cancer when he jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Scott, 68, was the younger brother of filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott.
Police say his death is being treated as a suicide.
Scott was famous for action films such as Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Enemy of the State and Unstoppable.
He got his start making TV commercials for Ridley Scott Associates in London and moved into movies for television and film.
Earlier this year, he teamed with Ridley to produce the Alien prequel Prometheus.
The Los Angeles county coroner's office says he was seen parking his car and jumping into the water at about 12.30pm on Sunday.