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Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise add to Tony Scott tributes

Denzel Washington in Deja Vu

Story by Jack Foley

DENZEL Washington and Tom Cruise have both paid tribute to late director Tony Scott.

Washington, who worked with the filmmaker on five movies, referred to Scott as “a genuine friend”.

Speaking to E! Online on Monday evening, Washington said: “Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone.

“He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of filmmaking and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance. My family sends their prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Scott family.”

Scott directed Washington in Crimson Tide, Déjà Vu, Man on Fire, the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable.

Cruise, who shot to fame by starring in Top Gun and Days of Thunder and who was working on a Top Gun sequel at the time of Scott’s death, said in a statement: “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.”

The tributes came as LA’s coroner denied widespread Internet reports that Scott had taken his own life because he had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

The speculation stemmed from an unnamed source but members of Scott’s family, backed by the coroner, have denied this was the case.

“According to the family, to their knowledge, he did not have any issues with any cancers,” Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told reporters. “They don’t know where that came from.”

Scott was last seen parking his car and jumping from the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge at about 12:30 (19:30 GMT) on Sunday (August 19). His body was recovered from the harbour less than three hours later.

The death is being treated as a probable suicide but the coroner said his findings would not be complete until toxicology and other tests came back, possibly in a few weeks’ time.

In the meantime, Tony’s brother, Ridley, has suspended shooting on his drugs drama The Counselor to be with members of his family.