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Reporter Who Broke Tony Scott Suicide Joins Orange County Register

The circumstances that led Hollywood director Tony Scott to jump off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro last summer remain largely unknown. It was a bittersweet scoop for The Daily Breeze’s Art Marroquin (pictured), who has rejoined the Orange County Register to cover Anaheim.

During his senior year as a Communications and Journalism major at Cal State Fullerton (1997-98), Marroquin worked at the Register as a news assistant. In addition to The Daily Breeze, he has also written for City News Service, the Press-Enterprise, the Oregonian, the LA Times and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group (LANG). From this week’s announcement:

“I’m excited about being a part of a respected, well-known newspaper that is essentially going through a renaissance,” Marroquin said. “I’m looking forward to working with a strong, dynamic group of reporters and editors who are serious about local journalism and appear to genuinely care the communities they cover.”

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BREAKING: Director Tony Scott Jumps to His Death

This is not the kind of scoop that The Daily Breeze or any other local SoCal newspaper wishes for.

Staff writer Art Marroquin, updating this evening his item from earlier in the day, identified a man who committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach as Hollywood A-list director Tony Scott. The bridge connects San Pedro with Terminal Island:

Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge’s apex and leapt off “without hesitation” around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner’s Department and port police. A suicide note was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn…

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