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ABC Formally Retracts Tony Scott Brain Cancer Story

Back in August we noted that ABC News had to backtrack after it reported that director Tony Scott jumped to his death from a Los Angeles bridge due in part to a terminal brain cancer diagnosis.

ABC removed the report, and said at the time “If it comes to light at that time that incorrect information was reported, ABC News will issue a full retraction and apology.”

Well, the preliminary autopsy results have been made public, and sure enough, there was no mention of any sort of brain tumor. A story posted on ABCNews.com reports the cause of death as suicide, and ends with this note:

ABC News previously reported that director Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer and cited it as a possible reason for his suicide. The Los Angeles County coroner’s report on Mr. Scott’s death listed no evidence of brain cancer. ABC News has retracted that Aug. 20 story and extends a formal apology to Mr. Scott’s family and friends.

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