Film producer, wealthy heir, political donor Steve Bing dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The film producer, film financer, real estate heir and important democratic political donor Steve Bing has died. He was 55 years old.
The Los Angeles County coroner said Bing died on Monday in his Los Angeles Century City residence. The coroner said Tuesday that the cause of death was suicide. Without giving a name, the city fire department responded to the report of a 55-year-old man who jumped out of a building at the same time and in the same place.
Bing produced the Sylvester Stallone film "Get Carter" in 2000 and was an important investor in the 2004 Tom Hanks animated film "The Polar Express". He co-wrote the 2003 comedy Kangaroo Jack, a film with Anthony Anderson and Jerry O’Connell that was devastated by critics but brought in nearly $ 90 million at the box office.
He was also the producer of the Rolling Stones documentary "Shine a Light" by director Martin Scorsese from 2008 and co-producer of Mick Jagger for an upcoming documentary about Jerry Lee Lewis.
"It's so sad to hear about Steve Bing's death," Jagger said on Twitter. “He was such a kind and generous friend and supported so many good and just causes. I will miss him very much. "
Bing was the son of Peter Bing, a public health doctor and philanthropist, and the grandson of Leo Bing, a New York real estate developer, who left him hundreds of millions of dollars he inherited when he was 18.
In the 1980s, Steve Bing left his father's alma mater at Stanford University, where older Bing had donated $ 50 million for a Hollywood career. He received early credits as a co-writer for Chuck Norris Vietnam's 1984 veterinary film Missing in Action and its two sequels. He wrote an episode of the sitcom "Married ... with Children" and wrote and directed his own little film with Judd Nelson, "Every Breath" in 1994.
Bing donated millions to the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Nancy Pelosi, to various charities, and to campaigns for California’s liberal campaigns.
"I loved Steve Bing very much," tweeted President Bill Clinton. "He had a big heart and was ready to do anything for the people and concerns he believed in. I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, and I hope he finally found peace."
Bing was a celebrity from LA who was often with famous women and was often seen on red carpets, at big bucks, and at court at Lakers games.
In his 30s, he was involved in two high-profile legal proceedings that focused on his possible fatherhood of children and attracted media attention on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. A DNA test required by a British court in 2002 revealed that he was the father of the model's young son and actress Elizabeth Hurley, with whom he had an appointment.
That same year, he sued film mogul Kirk Krekorian, who claimed that Krekorian had hired a private investigator to search Bing's trash to get DNA for another paternity test to determine if Bing was the father of the daughter, who was Krekorian's then-wife tennis became player Lisa Bonder. This complaint was settled out of court.
The two children Damian Hurley and Kira Kerkorian were recently named in court disputes over whether they will be heirs to the trust that Bing's father founded.
Family members of Steve Bing could not be reached.
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