Tragic news for Steve Bing family and friends. The filmmaker, philanthropist and father to Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damian, has died at the age of 55.
Bing, whose career in film producing began when he inherited $600 million from his real estate tycoon grandfather, is reported to have taken his own life. At the time of his death his net worth was estimated to be $590 million.
The producer and director died after jumping from the 27th floor of the Century City neighborhood building where he lived.
Sources told the press that he’d been ‘depressed’ about a lack of human contact during quarantine and being isolated during coronavirus, but it is unclear if that had anything to do with his suicide.
The family has appeared on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans.
California is dotted with evidence of the family’s generosity, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Leo S. Bing Theater to an array of programs at Stanford University, where Peter Bing used to be chairman of the board of trustees.
Despite his huge inheritance, Bing was not well known to the general public until his relationship with Hurley.
Hurley met Bing in 2000, while she was ending her 13-year relationship with Hugh Grant. They were together for less than a year. The couple, whose relationship remained non-exclusive, separated briefly in March 2001. They reportedly reconnected soon after, and in August visited Elton John’s holiday home in Nice.
Hurley informed Bing after they separated that he was the father of her child. Bing has also been romantically connected to Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman and Naomi Campbell.