Steve Bing, Producer & ‘Kangaroo Jack’ Writer, Dies By Suicide At 55

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via Variety: Steve Bing, a producer, philanthropist and screenwriter, has died by suicide in Los Angeles. He was 55.

Steve jumped from a Century City apartment building on Monday. Sources told TMZ he had been suffering from depression.

Steve, who inherited a fortune of some $600 million from his grandfather, L.A. real estate developer Leo S. Bing, also contributed millions of dollars to Democratic political causes.

After receiving his inheritance at the age of 18, Steve dropped out of Stanford to try out the movie business. While he was still a high school student at Harvard-Westlake, he wrote the story for “Missing in Action” and later wrote an episode of “Married With Children.”

In 2003, he co-wrote the action comedy “Kangaroo Jack,” starring Anthony Anderson and Jerry O’Connell.

Steve invested some $80 million in “The Polar Express,” the Tom Hanks-voiced 2004 film directed by Robert Zemeckis. He had executive producer credits on a number of films and music documentaries, including Rolling Stones documentary “Shine a Light,” directed by Martin Scorsese, “CSNY/Deja Vu,” “Rock the Kasbah,” “Get Carter,” “Beowulf,” “Rules Don’t Apply” and “Girl Walks Into a Bar.”

Steve had relationships with Elizabeth Hurley, with whom he had a son, Damian, and with Lisa Bonder, a former tennis player with whom he had a daughter, Kira. Both women had to file paternity suits to compel Bing to disclose his parenthood, and both found that he was the father. He previously denied he was his children’s father.

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