One of Tony Scott“s most prolific leading men has come forward to pay his respects following the film maker”s tragic death.
Tom Cruise blossomed into a seasoned leading man under the 68-year-old”s direction in 1986 blockbuster, Top Gun.
They worked together again in 1990 on Days of Thunder – where the A-lister met and fell in love with Nicole Kidman.
Speaking of the man who had filmed so many pivotal moments in his life, Tom said: “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.”
As the actor paid tribute, the director”s widow, Donna Wilson, denied that a terminal illness drove her husband to jump off of an LA bridge. Reports initially suggested an inoperable brain tumour was behind the desperate act.
But actress Donna has dismissed the claim, telling officials investigating the case that her husband didn”t have any major health problems. According to the website TMZ, the grieving widow insisted that rumours of cancer were “absolutely false”.
Tony”s family – including his brother and fellow director Ridley Scott – are now rallying round to support Donna and the couple”s two young sons, Max and Frank.