- Title: Steve Bing's death confirmed as suicide - coroner
- Date: 24th June 2020
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - JANUARY 16, 2014) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF BRITISH ACTRESS AND MODEL LIZ HURLEY WALKING THROUGH CROWD AT MARC CAIN SHOW DURING BERLIN FASHION WEEK PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PICTURES VARIOUS OF HURLEY IN FRONT ROW CANNES, FRANCE (FILE) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) LIZ HURLEY WITH ARUN NAYAR ON RED CARPET LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - AUGUST 17, 1999) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HUGH GRANT AND LIZ HURLEY AT PREMIERE OF "MICKEY BLUE EYES" (LIZ WEARING PINK DRESS) LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - APRIL 27, 1999) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LIZ HURLEY AND HUGH GRANT AT PREMIERE OF NOTTING HILL (LIZ WEARING BLACK AND RED SEQUINNED DRESS)
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- Keywords: Bill Clinton Liz Hurley Mick Jagger Shine a Light documentary Stephen Bing Steve Bing son Damien Hurley suicide
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- Country: USA
- Topics: Celebrities,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
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- Story Text: The cause of producer Steve Bing's death was confirmed as suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner on Tuesday (June 23).
The billionaire American film producer, screenwriter and philanthropist, 55, died by "multiple blunt trauma" after falling from his L.A. apartment on Monday, according to the official report.
Bing is survived by a son, model Damian Hurley,18, whose mother is British actress Elizabeth Hurley, and daughter Kira Bonder whose mother is former U.S. professional tennis player Lisa Bonder.
Liz Hurley said on Twitter on Tuesday that she was "saddened beyond belief that Steve is no longer with us" and that she and Bing had become "close again in the last year & last spoke on our son's 18th".
Damian posted to Instagram next to an image of an pink-orange-coloured sky that "this is a very strange and confusing time and I'm immensely grateful to be surrounded by my phenomenal family and friends."
"Bedazzled" star Hurley's 13-year relationship with "Mickey Blue Eyes" actor Hugh Grant ended in 2000.
Two years later, Hurley who had been dating Bing gave birth to Damian on April 4. Bing first denied being the infant boy's father, until a British court confirmed the results of a DNA test that he was in fact the biological parent that same year.
Shortly after Damian was born, Hurley met and later married Indian businessman Arun Nayar in March 2007, who she divorced four years later.
High profile friends of Bing posted messages of condolence on social media, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton:
"I loved Steve Bing very much. 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," Clinton wrote.
In August 2009 when billionaire Bing heard his friend Clinton was embarking on a mission to free U.S. journalists in North Korea, Bing offered his jet - a personal favour that could cost $200,000. Heir to a New York fortune, Bing was a long-time supporter of the Democratic Party.
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger wrote on Instagram: "He was such a kind and generous friend and supported so many good and just causes. I will miss him very much. MJ".
Bing produced director Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones documentary "Shine a Light" in 2008, as well as the 2000 remake of "Get Carter" starring Sylvester Stallone. He was also known for co-writing 2003 film "Kangaroo Jack" and financing 2004's "The Polar Express", voiced by Tom Hanks.
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