Steve Bing: Ex-partner of Liz Hurley took his own life, coroner rules

Film producer Steve Bing, the ex-partner of Liz Hurley, took his own life, a coroner has ruled.

Bing, 55, was found dead in Century City, Los Angeles, on Monday.

He died as a result of “multiple blunt trauma”, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office said, with TMZ reporting he fell from an apartment building.

The filmmaker and philanthropist took his own life and the case is now closed, the coroner added.

Bing co-wrote 2003 comedy film Kangaroo Jack and invested £64m ($80m) in the 2004 animation The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks. He also helped finance the Rolling Stones concert film Shine A Light.

According to reports, he inherited his $600m (£480m) fortune from his real estate developer grandfather when he was 18 and dropped out of Stanford University to break into Hollywood.

His publicist Michelle Bega told Sky News she was “overwhelmed trying to process this unbelievable and sad event”.

Bing was father to Liz Hurley’s teenage son Damian, although he denied it until DNA tests proved otherwise.

Hurley, who dated him for 18 months in 2000, paid tribute on Instagram, posting: “I am saddened beyond belief that my ex Steve is no longer with us. It is a terrible end.

“Our time together was very happy and I’m posting these pictures because although we went through some tough times, it’s the good, wonderful memories of a sweet, kind man that matter.

“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.”

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