Film producer Steve Bing, known as a close associate of former President Bill Clinton, has died after falling from his Los Angeles, California, apartment, according to reports.
His death is being treated as a suspected suicide and the 55-year-old was reportedly struggling with mental health issues during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Actress Elizabeth Hurley, the mother of Bing’s son, Damian, addressed the news on social media, calling Bing’s death a “terrible end” to a valuable life.
“We had become close again”
“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,” she wrote.
“In the past year we had become close again,” Hurley added. “We last spoke on our son’s 18th birthday. This is devastating news and I thank everyone for their lovely messages.”
A major donor to the Clinton Foundation, Bing reportedly gave at least $10 million to the organization. The former president offered his thoughts upon hearing of his friend’s death.
“I hope he’s finally found peace”
“I loved Steve Bing very much,” Clinton wrote. 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.”
In addition to the foundation, Bing was a frequent financial supporter of the Democratic Party and progressive issues.
When the Democratic National Convention struggled to secure enough funding in 2000, Bing reportedly saved the day by bankrolling the organization.
Damien Hurley acknowledged his father’s death on social media, calling it a “very strange and confusing time” during which he is “immensely grateful” for the support of friends and family.
With mental health issues cited as a likely contributing factor, Bing’s death can be seen as another reminder to check on loved ones, neighbors, or anyone who might be struggling through the nation’s current crises.