Poor Steve Bing, the 55 year-old film financier, political donor and philanthropist who ran Shangri-la Entertainment, has killed himself by jumping from a 27th floor Century City condo.
The guy was loaded and could have gone anywhere or done anything, but he was reportedly depressed by the same coronavirus isolation that we’ve all been coping with. This, at least, is a theory being reported by TMZ.
What a sad and inexplicable ending for a well-liked guy who certainly had options and remedies for whatever was ailing him.
Bing had been in a brief relationship with Elizabeth Hurley, and was the father of her son, Damian, who was born in 2002. (Bing initially denied paternity, but a DNA test proved he was the biological dad.)
Shangrila Entertainment films include The Polar Express (2004), Albert Brooks‘ Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005), Martin Scorserse‘s Shine a Light (’09), Barry Levinson‘s Rock the Kasbah (’15), Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply (‘16) and Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsman: The Golden Circle (’17)
The six-foot-four Bing co-wrote the 2003 feature film Kangaroo Jack. He executive produced Sylvester Stallone‘s Get Carter (’00).
The grandson of real-estate tycoon Leo S. Bing, Steve — born on 3.31.65 — inherited $600 million while a Stanford University junior.
Hugs and condolences to Bing’s friends, colleagues, family. I’m very sorry.