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Katy Perry to be guest of honor at fundraising concert for suicide hotline

MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 - Show

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Katy Perry performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Singer Katy Perry - whose song “Firework” has become an anthem of hope for troubled and lonely kids - will be the guest of honor Sunday at a fundraising concert for The Trevor Project at the Hollywood Palladium.

The project operates telephone suicide prevention hotlines to help young gay people in crisis.

Abbe Land, who runs The Trevor Project, says its founders realized other young people needed someone to talk with in times of crisis.

"They looked to find a hotline for young people to call and there wasn’t one that specifically dealt with issues of importance to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender youth," Land said.

She also explained why they picked pop queen Perry to honor.

"A couple of years ago when it seemed that there was a lot of focus on LGBT suicide, Katy Perry was there taking about it and singing about it in her song 'Firework' to really inspire young people to be who they are," said Land.

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Tony Scott remembered by film community following suicide for his charm, huge success (slideshow)

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Film director Tony Scott smoks a cigar during a photo session during the press conference Monday Aug.t 9, 2004, in Mexico City, promoting the film 'Man on Fire', which was filmed in Mexico City, with Denzel Washington, Marc Anthony, Dakota Fenning and Christopher Waken.

BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards - Red Carpet

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Director Tony Scott and Donna W. Scott arrive at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 4, 2010 in Century City.

Deja Vu - UK Film Premiere

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Actors Denzel Washington and Paula Patton and director Tony Scott arrive at the UK premiere of 'Deja Vu' at Odeon Kensington on December 7, 2006 in London, England.

Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" - Arrivals

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Actor Chris Pine (L) and director Tony Scott arrive at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" at Regency Village Theater on October 26, 2010 in Westwood.

US actor Brad Pitt (R) and his wife Jennifer Anist

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Tony Scott and his wife with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.

BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards - Show

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Producers/Directors Todd Scott (L) and Ridley Scott accepts award for The Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment onstage during the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 4, 2010 in Century City.

Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" - Arrivals

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Director Tony Scott and family arrive at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" at Regency Village Theater on October 26, 2010 in Westwood.

Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" - After Party

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(L-R) Producer Julie Yorn, director Tony Scott and actress Rosario Dawson pose at the after party for the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's "Unstoppable" at the Napa Valley Grille on October 26, 2010 in Los Angeles.


The suicide of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott has shocked the film community. Scott leapt to his death off the Vincent Thomas Bridge over the Los Angeles Harbor Sunday afternoon; he was 68.

He didn't only direct "Top Gun" the film; he also directed the Kenny Loggins music video for the movie's song "Danger Zone," one of only two music videos he directed:

Directors, actors, critics and others reacted on Twitter. Fellow directors shared their thoughts:

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