Steve Bing, the producer and writer of such films as Kangaroo Jack, has died. He was 55. Bing is also the founder of Shangri-La Entertainment, which focuses on estate, construction, entertainment, and music. He was also a big lender in “The Polar Express,” the spirited feature featuring the voice of Tom Hanks.
He was the father to Hurley’s 18-year-old son, Damian, and had a daughter with the former experienced tennis player Lisa Bonder. He was conspicuously dead on the scene.
According to an explanation from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, authorities answer to a death located in Century City, Calif on Monday, June 22. The film producer and philanthropist was also known for being a film financier. A Los Angeles County Coroner spokesperson tells PEOPLE a man was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:10 p.m. in a reported suicide although a final determination for a cause of death and identification of the deceased is pending.
He was the chairman of Shangri-La Entertainment and pledged a $30 million legacy gift to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, according to Deadline. The 2004 movie, starring Hanks as a lead voice actor, would gross more than $300 million worldwide. He famously invested over $80 million in “The Polar Express”, around half the Christmas animation’s budget.
In July 2019, a judge ruled Damian and Kira were both entitled to receive a sizable fortune from their grandfather Dr. Peter Bing’s trust after a trustee from his estate filed court papers seeking to exclude them. His name is listed on the Giving Pledge website, a project launched in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett that asks the super-rich to give away the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.