Steve Bing’s fear he would never find love as he battled crippling depression

Steve Bing was a multi-millionaire film producer with a lavish home in one of Los Angeles wealthiest neighbourhoods.

But last week, the 55-year-old was found dead after falling from his 27th floor apartment.

It has been reported just hours before his tragic death Steve had penned a note to the son, Damian, who he shared with Liz Hurley.

Steve also wrote to Damian’s half-sister, Kira Kerkorian Bing, according to American TV host Billy Bush.

The building manager and Los Angeles police are understood to have passed the letters on.

Steve Bing was found dead last week after falling from his 27th floor apartment
Steve Bing was found dead last week after falling from his 27th floor apartment
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Steve was one of Hollywood’s success stories after he dropped out of college to found his own film-making company, Shangri-La Entertainment, after he inherited around $600million from his grandfather.

Steve’s first big budget movie was the Sylvester Stallone hit Get Carter, released in 2000.

He wrote Kangaroo Jack in 2003, and also invested almost $100million in 2004 movie The Polar Express.

The movie maker also used his riches for good and donated huge sums of money to environmental causes.

Despite avoiding the limelight, Steve shot to fame following his high profile relationship with model Liz.

Steve enjoyed a whirlwind romance with Liz Hurley
Steve enjoyed a whirlwind romance with Liz Hurley
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He had enjoyed a whirlwind romance with model Liz Hurley as he hit the big time in Hollywood.

Then just 35, Steve wooed Liz, then 36, with private jets, chunky gold Rolex watches, sapphire and diamond rings and all-expenses paid trips to New York and Europe.

But beyond the outward flashiness both Liz and her friends said she was ‘very much in love’ with the aspiring filmmaker and heir to a £400million property fortune.

However, when she fell pregnant with the couple’s son it sparked one of the most vicious paternity suits in Hollywood’s history.

Damian Charles Hurley arrived on April 4, 2002 and a court-ordered DNA test proved that Bing was indeed his father.

Damian Hurley has thanked his friends and family following his father's death
Damian Hurley has thanked his friends and family following his father’s death

It has been reported Steve never met his son and only connected with his daughter, Kira, when she was an adult.

However, it seems the movie mogul felt a close bond to his children and fought for them to be included in his father, Dr Peter Bing’s, will.

Last year Dr Bing tried to prevent the teenager and his half-sister, Kira, from inheriting any of the family’s huge fortune.

Kira was Steve’s daughter from his relationship with tennis player, Lisa Bonder.

Peter claimed, according to court papers, that Damian wasn’t entitled to any of the £380million family wealth because he had never met Steve.

Steve and Liz were said to be very much in love until she fell pregnant
Steve and Liz were said to be very much in love until she fell pregnant
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However, Steve went to battle for his son and daughter and his legal team branded Peter’s statement “a sham”.

Peter had set up a trust in 1980 so he could leave his “future grandchildren” the family fortune but in March last year tried to redefine the meaning of grandchildren in the documents.

The new documents claimed Peter’s grandchildren “raised by my children as part of their families” if they were to receive any of the cash.

He also tried to ban “any person born out of wedlock unless that person had lived for a substantial period of time as a regular member of the household”, which would include Damian and Kira, from inheriting.

Steve challenged the new documents and also accused his own father of “orchestrating a massive money-grab” with his sister Mary.

Steve fought for his son with Liz to be entitled to his inheritance
Steve fought for his son with Liz to be entitled to his inheritance

He said it had been done so her children would inherit more money.

But in July last year a judge back Steve and Damian will now be entitled to his share of the Bing riches.

Aside from his vast wealth, Steve was said to be battling crippling mental health issues, which had been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

Extra TV series host Billy Bush said: “I have friends that were friends with him. Steve had depression with a capital D.

“The whole coronavirus thing was definitely a factor. It really messed with him.

Steve met his daughter, Kira, when she was an adult
Steve met his daughter, Kira, when she was an adult
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“Another source told me he was very depressed. Close friends are shocked at his death. Sources told Extra he suffered from bipolar disorder.”

The celebrity interviewer admitted: “I talked to some of his friends and they were shocked that he moved from downtown to Beverly Hills.

“He was a reclusive guy and then he went to the most social building in all of Beverly Hills, with celebrity lawyers, rappers and all kinds of people in there.”

Another pal told The Sun US Steve was “insanely generous” with his friends but was an intensely private man.

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Actor and producer Lisa London first became close to Steve in the 1990s and says he had an overriding fear of never meeting ‘the one’.

She explained: “He would say how lonely he was and how he was never, ever going to find someone to love him back the way he loved them,” she said.

“Certain friends who have been hell bent on self-destruction in my life, they all have the same thing where they are so happy-go-lucky on the outside, but a lot of pain and isolation on the inside.”

Since his father’s death Damian, who turned 18 during the coronavirus lockdown, has thanked those close to him for their support.

In an emotional social media post the teenager said: “This is a very strange and confusing time, and I’m immensely grateful to be surrounded by my phenomenal family and friends.”

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org

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