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Steve Bing and Bill Clinton: Why the Internet is demanding an investigation into Elizabeth Hurley ex's suicide

Sources close to the financier say he was depressed about lack of human contact during the quarantine, according to a TMZ report
UPDATED JUN 23, 2020
Former US President Bill Clinton (L) and Hollywood mogul Steve Bing (Getty Images)
Former US President Bill Clinton (L) and Hollywood mogul Steve Bing (Getty Images)

Steve Bing, filmmaker, screenwriter, philanthropist and father to Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian, best known for penning down the script of 'Kangaroo Jack', backing hit movies like 'The Polar Express' and Rolling Stones concert movie 'Shine a Light', has died at the age of 55. According to law enforcement sources, he jumped from the 27th floor of his luxury apartment building in LA's Century City at around 1pm on June 22. 

Sources close to the financier say he was depressed with the lack of human contact during the COVID-19 quarantine, according to a TMZ report. Deadline reported that the Los Angeles Police Department did not confirm that the individual in question was Bing, following standard protocol. "The description of the man in his 50s who was found dead on the scene fits that of the producer," the report said. 

Chairman of the production-finance company Shangri-La Entertainment, he hailed from a family with a rich history and was an influential political donor. In 2012, he pledged a $30 million legacy gift to the Motion Picture & Television Fund. His executive producer credits include 'Get Carter' (2000), 'Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World' (2005), 'Youth in Revolt' (2009), 'Rock the Kasbah' (2015) and 'Rules Don’t Apply' (2016). 

Producer/writer/actor Steve Bing (Getty Images)

The real estate tycoon was known for his close association to former President Bill Clinton after he pledged at least $10 million to his foundation. When Clinton flew to North Korea in 2009 to negotiate the release of journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, it was Bing who settled it. The news has left the Internet in deep shock. "Why would this man with everything one could want commit suicide so suddenly?" one said and another posted, "Another close Clinton friend commits suicide. How many is this???"

Many people brought in various other popular names into the fiasco. One posted, "I bet Hillary Clinton was in the building at the time." One went on to say, "Where is @tomhanks? Not a word throughout this whole chaos?" For many, it's hard to believe. "Hard to believe a 55-year-old billionaire #SteveBing suddenly decided to jump off a tall building because he 'was depressed about social isolation during the COVID lockdown' which is over now anyway," one said.

"Did he get Epsteined?" one wondered and another said, "It's part of their cult ritual. Sacrifice a member periodically. so soon after Epstein." One asked, "My question is, WHY? #SteveBing I Want to believe he was not in the right state of mind if he did really 'jump'... Also, why is the media blurting out the nature of what SUPPOSEDLY happened? Why the hasty conclusion? This is really sad." 

Many speculated his close association with Clinton had to do something with the shocking news. "Close confidante of Bill Clinton & Ron Burkle jumps off a building to his death -- another figure in the Epstein nexus dead of an extraordinary suicide," one said and another wrote, "Steve Bing was one of Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton's buddies. Did he jump or was he pushed is the question." Another posted, "Three of four of the men in the lede are dead: 'Epstein, supermarket magnate Ron Burkle, film financier Steve Bing, and former president Bill Clinton...flying around on Epstein’s jet, dubbed the Lolita Express, or Burkle’s jet, dubbed Air Fuck One. Stay away from windows, Bill."

Real estate developer and film producer Steve Bing (Getty Images)

One wondered why there was no proper investigation. "Just unusual the media’s all reporting he suicided by deliberately jumping off the 27th floor. Like there’s no investigation that he possibly fell accidentally or was deliberately pushed off as in murdered, Russian Mafia style." 

Many had fond memories of Bing. "Just over a year ago, I got to have a dream come true thanks to two generous people I'd never met. One of those people was Steve Bing, who died today. Rest in peace, and all the love to his dear friend @joshuarolson," one said and another wrote, "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 SHIT MATTERS. Steve Bing U were such a good man and so loved. So very sorry no one could take away your pain."

Bing was the grandson of Leo S Bing, the namesake of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theatre. He met Hurley in 2000 after her 13-year relationship with Hugh Grant and the couple were together for less than a year.