Film producer Steve Bing, ex-partner of Liz Hurley, dies aged 55

Film producer Steve Bing, the former partner of Liz Hurley, has died in Los Angeles.

The 55-year-old, who co-wrote 2003 comedy film Kangaroo Jack and financed The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks, died after falling from an apartment building, TMZ reported.

Former US president Bill Clinton said he loved his friend Bing “very much”.

Steve Bing. Pic: Andrew Gombert/EPA/Shutterstock
Image:Steve Bing has died aged 55. Pic: Andrew Gombert/EPA/Shutterstock

“He had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in.

“I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, and I hope he’s finally found peace.”

Bing donated money to Mr Clinton and was reportedly instrumental in helping him return two American reporters from North Korea in 2009.

Bing’s publicist Michelle Bega told Sky News she was “overwhelmed trying to process this unbelievable and sad event”.

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: British actress Elizabeth Hurley and her boyfriend film producer Steve Bing enjoy an embrace during the Elton John concert at Madison Square Gardens on October 22, 2000 in New York. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Image:Steve Bing and Liz Hurley pictured together in 2000

An LAPD spokesman said it was investigating the death at 10,000 Santa Monica Boulevard at around 1pm local time on Monday, but did not confirm the person’s identity.

Bing had two children – Damian, whose mother is actress Hurley, and Kira, born to professional tennis player Lisa Bonder.

Bing initially denied he was Damian’s biological father until DNA tests proved otherwise.

According to reports, he inherited $600m from his grandfather, a real estate developer, when he was 18 and dropped out of Stanford University to break into Hollywood.

He was said to have invested $80m in The Polar Express, as well as financing Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf and the Rolling Stones concert film Shine A Light.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and Hollywood mogul Steve Bing look on during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September 21, 2010 in New York City. The sixth annual meeting of the CGI gathers prominent individuals in politics, business, science, academics, religion and entertainment to discuss global issues such as climate change and the reconstruction of Haiti. The event, founded by Clinton after he left office, is held the same week as the General Assembly at the United Nations, when most world leaders are in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Image:Bing pictured with former US president Bill Clinton in 2010

According to IMDB, Bing was also a producer on the 2000 remake of Get Carter starring Sylvester Stallone and Warren Beatty’s 2016 film Rules Don’t Apply.

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Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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