Steve Bing, an actual property inheritor who grew to become a Hollywood producer and movie financier, died on Monday in Los Angeles after leaping from the balcony of his 27th-floor condo. He was 55.
The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed his demise.
The Los Angeles police mentioned officers arrived on the scene, on Santa Monica Boulevard in Century Metropolis, at 1 p.m. and pronounced a person in his 50s there lifeless. It didn’t launch his title or particulars of the demise. However a police official who was not licensed to remark publicly mentioned a person who had jumped from the condominium constructing balcony was recognized as Mr. Bing.
An inheritor to a New York actual property fortune, Mr. Bing began a manufacturing firm and was concerned in producing and financing various in style movies, together with “Get Carter,” a 2000 motion thriller with Sylvester Stallone.
Mr. Bing was a donor to progressive and Democratic political causes and a buddy of former President Invoice Clinton’s. He had given at the very least $10 million to the Clinton Basis.
“I beloved Steve Bing very a lot,” Mr. Clinton wrote on Twitter after the demise. “He had an enormous coronary heart, and he was prepared to do something he may for the folks and causes he believed in.”
Mr. Bing’s romantic relationship with the British actress Elizabeth Hurley grew to become tabloid fodder in 2001 after he had questioned whether or not he was the daddy of a kid she had given start to; a DNA check confirmed that he was.
Writing on Instagram early Tuesday, Ms. Hurley said she was “saddened past perception” by his demise. She wrote that she and Mr. Bing had change into shut once more over the past 12 months.
Stephen Leo Bing was born on March 31, 1965, in New York Metropolis to Helen Bing, a nurse, and Peter Bing, a medical physician. When Stephen turned 18, he inherited a fortune from his grandfather Leo S. Bing, a New York actual property developer for whom a theater on the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork is known as.
Mr. Bing attended Harvard Westlake, a personal college in Los Angeles, and reportedly co-wrote his first screenplay, “Lacking in Motion,” earlier than graduating from highschool. The script finally was a movie starring Chuck Norris.
Mr. Bing enrolled at Stanford College however dropped out earlier than graduating to pursue a profession in leisure, later beginning his manufacturing firm, Shangri-La Leisure, and co-writing the screenplay to the 2003 comedy “Kangaroo Jack,” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Mr. Bing additionally helped finance “The Polar Specific,” a motion-capture animated movie that starred Tom Hanks, and produced “Shine a Mild,” Martin Scorsese’s 2008 documentary in regards to the Rolling Stones.
Extra not too long ago, he partnered with a number of different Hollywood financiers — together with Ron Burkle, Arnon Milchan and Brett Ratner — to finance “Guidelines Don’t Apply,” a 2016 movie written, produced and directed by Warren Beatty, who additionally starred in it as Howard Hughes.
In 2009, Mr. Bing helped within the return of two American journalist from North Korea. He owned the plane that flew the journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, again to the USA with Mr. Clinton, who had traveled to Pyongyang to win their launch.
Mr. Bing is survived by his son with Ms. Hurley, Damian, and a daughter, Kira, from a earlier relationship.
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