Hollywood Producer Steve Bing Commits Suicide
The real estate heir, scriptwriter, and producer, Steve Bing took his own life after becoming depressed amid a lack of human contact during the lockdown according to TMZ.
Bing, who founded Shangri-La Entertainment inherited a fortune of some $600 million from his grandfather, L.A. real estate developer Leo S. Bing.
After dropping out of University, Bing pursued a career in Hollywood and became the executive producer of the Sylvester Stallone film, “Get Carter,” in 2000.
In 2003, he co-wrote the action-comedy “Kangaroo Jack,” and he also contributed to “Missing in Action” and wrote an episode of “Married With Children.”
The philanthropist later invested some $80 million in “The Polar Express,” the Tom Hanks-voiced 2004 film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Bing had producing credits on films including “CSNY/Deja Vu,” “Rock the Kasbah,” “Get Carter,” “Girl Walks Into a Bar” and a Jerry Lee Lewis documentary in the works.
Bing is survived by his two children, Damian Hurley from his relationship with Elizabeth Hurley and daughter Kira Bonder, who he had with former pro tennis player Lisa Bonder.
Liz Hurley, the ex-girlfriend had paid tribute to him. The British actress, 55, said she was ‘saddened beyond belief’ at the news of his suicide, at the luxurious Ten Thousand Building at 1 pm on Monday, calling it a ‘terrible end’.
Paying tribute to her ex on Instagram, she wrote:
Although we went through some tough times, it’s the good, wonderful memories of a sweet, kind man that matters. In the past year, we had become close again. We last spoke on our son’s 18th birthday. This is devastating news and I thank everyone for their lovely messages.
Damian also uploaded his own Instagram post, calling news of his father’s death ‘devastating’ and adding: ‘This is a very strange and confusing time and I’m immensely grateful to be surrounded by my phenomenal friends and family.’