STEVE Bing, the writer and producer famed for films such as Kangaroo Jack, Get Carter and Hotel Noir, has died after falling from a skyscraper in LA.
The 55-year-old, who was once married to Liz Hurley, is survived by their son Damian Hurley, as well as daughter Kira Bonder, who he had with former pro tennis player Lisa Bonder.
A huge music fan, Bing produced and financed The Rolling Stones’ Shine A Light concert film and the Jerry Lee Lewis album Last Man Standing.
He also invested $100 million into the Tom Hanks film The Polar Express, as well as financially backing Beowulf.
In 2012, he Bing committed to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s “Giving Pledge”, promising to give away the majority of his wealth over his lifetime.
Bing donated to a lot of progressive issues, including environment initiatives.
He contributed nearly $50 million to an oil production tax that was defeated in 2006.
In 2009, when Bill Clinton flew to North Korea to negotiate for the release of two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, Bing covered the costs.
He was particularly close to Clinton, having given at least $10 million to his foundation.
In 2012, he pledged a $30 million legacy gift to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
He was the chairman of the production-finance company Shangri-La Entertainment, whose most recent credits include 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.