Film producer, philanthropist, and founder of Shangri-La Entertainment Steve Bing died at the age of 55 on Monday from an apparent suicide.
What We Know:
- Steve Bing, known to be the producer behind Rules Don’t Apply and Rock the Kasbah has died Monday from an apparent suicide. According to TMZ, law enforcement said that Bing jumped from the 27th floor of a high-rise luxury apartment building in Century City where he lived.
- While sources connected to Bing have reported that he’s been depressed because of the lack of human contact during quarantine, it has not been ruled as the motive.
- Bing is survived by his two children, Damian Hurley, who he had with actress Elizabeth Hurley, and daughter Kira Bonder, who he had with former pro tennis player Lisa Bonder.
- Steve Bing became successful when he dropped out of Stanford his junior year after inheriting around $600 million from his grandfather, which led him to pursue a career in Hollywood where his first big-budget hit appeared as executive producer of the film Get Carter in 2000.
- Bing wrote Kangaroo Jack in 2003, was behind the Rolling Stones concert film Shine A Light, and he later invested nearly $100 million in the Christmas film Polar Express. The investment for Polar Express was almost half of the production cost and totaled nearly $300 million globally at the box office.
- Monday, former President Bill Clinton tweeted about the death of Bing. “I loved Steve Bing very much,” he wrote. “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.”
Not only was Bing known for being a prominent producer, but he was also known to be a contributor to charitable and political causes.