Steve Bing, Filmmaker And Father To Elizabeth Hurley’s Son Damian, Dies Aged 55
Film producer and businessman Steve Bing, who shares a son with Elizabeth Hurley, was reportedly found dead in the United States at the age of 55 in Los Angeles.
Former President Bill Clinton, a friend of the filmmaker, seemed to confirm the news and said, "He had a big heart and was ready to do anything for the people and concerns he believed in."
Bing publicist Michelle Bega told Sky News that she was "overwhelmed to process this incredible and sad event."
Bing was known for his work on films like Kangaroo Jack, which he co-wrote, and for the financing of films like The Polar Express with Tom Hanks.
Steve Bing (Photo: Action Press / Shutterstock)
He was the father of Hurley's 18-year-old son Damian and had a daughter with former tennis professional Lisa Bonder.
Bing initially denied being Damian's birth father, only for DNA testing to justify Hurley.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that it is investigating the death of a man in his fifties in the Century City area of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County coroner said a man was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday at 1:10 p.m. local time and the identification is still pending.
Steve Bing and Elizabeth Hurley at the Elton John Post Oscar Party on March 26, 2000 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by: / Shutterstock)
Bing donated money to Mr. Clinton and was reportedly instrumental in helping the former president bring two American reporters back from North Korea in 2009.
In his homage, Mr. Clinton said: “I loved Steve Bing very much. 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 has finally found peace. "
I loved Steve Bing very much. 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 has finally found peace.
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Bing is said to have dropped out of Stanford University when he was 18 after inheriting $ 600 million (about £ 481 million) from his grandfather, real estate developer Leo S Bing.
He then started his Hollywood career and co-wrote the 2003 comedy Kangaroo Jack while reportedly investing $ 80 million (about £ 64 million) in the 2004 animated film The Polar Express.
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Elizabeth and Damian Hurley. (Photo: KGC-247 / STAR MAX / IPx)
He was also a producer of films such as the Get Carter remake 2000 with Sylvester Stallone and Shine A Light, Martin Scorsese's 2008 documentary about the Rolling Stones.
Bing was the founder of Shangri-La Entertainment, an organization interested in real estate, construction, entertainment and music.
In addition to his work in Hollywood, Bing also donated money to the Democratic Party.
His name is listed on the Giving Pledge website, a project launched in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett that challenges the super-rich to pass on most of their wealth to philanthropy.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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