Steve Bing death: Kangaroo Jack and Polar Express producer dies aged 55

Film producer was also known for his work on The Polar Express

Annie Lord
Tuesday 23 June 2020 09:00 BST
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Film producer Steve Bing, the ex of Elizabeth Hurley, has died, aged 55.

Bing was best known for working on the films Kangaroo Jack and The Polar Express.

His cause of death is currently unknown, but reports claim he died by suicide.

Bing, who has a child with Hurley, had his first big-budget success with Sylvester Stallone’s Get Carter, which he executive produced in 2000.

In 2008, he produced Martin Scorsese’s documentary Shine A Light about legendary rock band The Rolling Stones.

After inheriting a $600m (£481m) fortune from his grandfather, Bing dropped out of Stanford to pursue a career in Hollywood, eventually founding Shangri-La Entertainment.

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

He is survived by two children – Damien Hurley and Kira, who he shared with professional tennis player Lisa Bonder.

A number of big names have taken to social media to pay tribute to Bing.

Former US President Bill Clinton tweeted: “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.”

Iconic songwriter Diane Warren added: “Here’s the thing, everyone has to deal with pain. U might thing they have everything, money success, fancy cars fancy friends. NONE OF THAT S**T MATTERS. Steve Bing U were such a good man and so loved. So very sorry no one could take away your pain.”

Oscar-winning screenwriter Josh Olson called Bing his “close fried” and “a good man, who loved movies and music and cared passionately about fairness”.

He added: “Depression is f***ing horrible. Hold your friends close.”

Actor Rosanna Arquette tweeted: “This is very sad and disturbing news… Rest In Peace, Steve.”

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