STEVE Bing, the ex partner of Liz Hurley and multi-millionaire film producer famed for films such Kangaroo Jack, has died after jumping from his LA apartment.
The 55-year-old, who dated Liz Hurley in 2001, is survived by their son Damian as well as daughter Kira Bonder, who he had with former pro tennis star Lisa Bonder.
Steve Bing, 55, has died in a suspected suicide after falling from a skyscraper in LA[/caption]
Reports say Mr Bing died in a suspected suicide after jumping from a luxury apartment building in LA’s Century City neighbourhood on Monday.
TMZ reported that he had struggled with his mental health and felt isolated during the coronavirus outbreak.
Steve was a multi-millionaire movie producer and writer who had dropped out of Stanford University after inheriting $600 million from his real estate developer grandfather.
He pursued a career in Hollywood and went onto work on the Sylvester Stalone film ‘Get Carter’ and he was best known for writing Kangaroo Jack in 2003.
Steve also invested $100 million into the Tom Hanks film The Polar Express, as well as financially backing Beowulf.
Liz and Steve dated in 2001 and their son Damian, now 18, was born one year later.
At the time, he insisted the child was not his but a paternity test later proved he was the biological father.
Mr Bing died after jumping from a luxury apartment building in LA’s Century City neighbourhood[/caption]
Damian’s grandfather, real estate heir Dr Peter Bing, last year tried to prevent the teen model and his half-sister Kira from accessing their inheritance.
But a Los Angeles judge ruled that Damian and Kira, the daughter of Steve and ex-tennis pro Lisa Bonder, were beneficiaries to Dr Peter Bing’s trust.
The granddad had tried to claim Damian should not inherit because the model had never met his own dad and was “born out of wedlock”, according to court papers.
Steve, whose fortune was an estimated £380m, blasted this statement with his legal team branding the petition a “sham”.
Liz and Steve had joined forces to fight against the lawsuit.
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.
In 2012, 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.
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