News of a couple of "celebrity" deaths today were sad, as always. The first related to British film director Tony Scott who died at his own hands. Scott, brother of Ridley Scott, left a suicide note before jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, August 19, 2012 Currently investigators are satisfied that it was suicide. The reasons are not yet clear.
He was a successful director, with films such as Top Gun and Beverley Hills Cop II under his belt. He was 68-years-old. His bridge dive was witnessed by a passer-by. Emergency services called to the scene have discovered Scott's body. RIP.
The second reported death was sixties singer Scott McKenzie. For those of us from the baby boomer generation Scott will always be associated with "flower power"
."If you are going to San Fransisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair".
Those who were even perhaps only a small part of the hippy generation will have fond memories of youth, fun and gentler times. Of course for some it was far from that. Looking back through rose-coloured glasses it is easy to forget any dark days.
Remembering Scott McKenzie, whose image is still etched on our mind's eye, days of sunshine spring to mind.
In recent times Scott was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. This illness attacks the body's nervous system and can be very debilitating. There are reports that he recently underwent a stay in hospital following a heart attack. However the report maintains that he wanted to die at home and discharged himself from the medical facility. He was aged 73.
Scott McKenzie had a long and successful career but remains in our thoughts for his 1967 classic. He died August 18, 2012.