The tragic news has come in today that the Hollywood icon, Steve Bing, has died.
Keep reading for the full details surrounding his shocking death...
Steve Bing has been taken too soon.
via: GettyToday, the founder of Shangri-La Entertainment has been pronounced dead - He was only fifty-five-years-old.
Throughout his life, Bing made quite the name for himself.
via: GettyAfter gaining a generous inheritance of $600 million from his grandfather at the age of eighteen, Bing dropped out of Stanford University to pursue a career in Hollywood.
His passions had always laid within writing...
via: GettyAnd, while he was still a high school student at Harvard-Westlake, he had written the story for “Missing in Action" and later wrote an episode of “Married With Children."
But his big writing break came in 2003.
via: IMDBAlongside Scott Rosenberg and Barry O'Brien, Bing wrote the action-comedy Kangaroo Jack, starring Anthony Anderson and Jerry O’Connell.
After this, he invested in many other ambitious projects...
via: GettyIncluding an $80 million investment in the 2004 Christmas hit, The Polar Express.
He had executive producer credits on a number of films and music documentaries...
via: GettyIncluding the Rolling Stones documentary, Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese, CSNY/Deja Vu, Rock the Kasbah, Get Carter, Rules Don’t Apply, and Girl Walks Into a Bar.
He was also an avid philanthropist.
via: GettyIn 2012, Bing committed to join the Giving Pledge, a campaign set up by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage extremely wealthy people to contribute to philanthropic causes, willingly donated the majority of his wealth to the charity.
But, putting Hollywood and philanthropy to one side, Bing also had a vast history in the world of politics.
via: GettyOver the years, the entertainment tycoon reportedly contributed more than $10.7 million at the federal level to the Democratic Party and its candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
He was also quite close with the former president, Bill Clinton...
via: GettyAnd, over the years, the pair became firm friends.
But he also gained an awful lot of attention for being involved in high-profile lawsuits.
via: GettyIn 2001, he was involved in 2 separate paternity cases involving his ex-girlfriend, actress Elizabeth Hurley and former tennis player, Lisa Bonder, regarding claims that he had fathered children with them.
Despite him being adamant about not being the father for both children, the paternity tests came back as positive.
via: GettyHe had a son, Damian, with Hurley, and a daughter, Kira, with Bonder.
Fast-forwarding to the last decade, Bing has been keeping under the radar...
via: GettyBut rumors of his declining mental health and depression have been rife.
And today, the devastating news of his suicide has been confirmed.
R.I.P. Steve Bing. I was so saddened to hear of his passing.— Albert Brooks (@Albert Brooks)1592892820.0
It is utterly heartbreaking.
Hollywood producer, Steve Bing has committed suicide. He jumped from the 27th floor of his luxury apartment home.… https://t.co/4kbX0S7rCa— Instablog9ja (@Instablog9ja)1592902854.0
Since the news of his devastating death broke, the tributes have been flooding in...
One is always effected by someone’s passing but doubly so when it is at their own hands - the mental torment to do… https://t.co/gJXgRgUzmD— Robert Davi (@Robert Davi)1592906327.0
Bill Clinton also sent his condolences.
I loved Steve Bing very much. He had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and cau… https://t.co/73CpE8nKEZ— Bill Clinton (@Bill Clinton)1592883538.0
And his ex, Elizabeth Hurley, wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram.
It turns out the pair had rekindled their friendship in the last year...
via: Instagram"In the past year we had become close again. We last spoke on our son’s 18th birthday. This is devastating news and I thank everyone for their lovely messages."
Bing's death stands as a stark reminder that depression is no joke...
Steve Bing was my friend and my partner. He was a good man who loved movies and music and cared passionately about… https://t.co/s2tS0aZik9— Josh Olson (@Josh Olson)1592878387.0
Rest in peace, Steve Bing.
via: GettyWe can only hope that his death can raise awareness about the dangers of depression and suicide, and that it will hopefully save other lives.