A prominent Democratic donor and friend to former President Bill Clinton died this week.
According to the New York Times, Steve Bing reportedly committed suicide in Los Angeles after a fall from a high-rising building.
Steve Bing inherited a real estate fortune at a young age, backed Hollywood movies, and gave generously to Democratic lawmakers and causes over the years.
He was also close to President Clinton for many years.
“I loved Steve Bing very much. 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,” Clinton wrote.
I loved Steve Bing very much. 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.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) June 23, 2020
Bing gave at least $10 million to Clinton’s foundation, according to Los Angeles Magazine.
Here’s more from Yahoo News:
Steve Bing, philanthropist, film producer and prominent Democratic political donor whose producing credits include “The Polar Express” and “Get Carter,” died Monday.
Bing, 55, fell to his death from a high-rise building in Century City, according to a law enforcement source who was not authorized to comment. Foul play is not suspected.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said it responded to a call around 1 p.m. regarding the death of a man in his 50s in the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City.
“This is the only information we have at this time,” said Capt. Gisselle Espinoza, an LAPD spokeswoman.
Known to be media-shy, the real estate scion was a Harvard Westlake graduate who inherited a $600-million fortune at the age of 18.
Bing, a major Democratic donor and a friend of President Clinton, went on to Stanford but dropped out in his junior year to pursue filmmaking. Rangy and silver-haired, the 6-foot-4 producer was often seen dressed casually in jeans and gym shoes.
BREAKING: Steve Bing, huge Clinton Foundation donor implicated in Clinton pay to play scandal, apparently commits suicide. I testified about Bing and Clinton, Inc. to Congress. https://t.co/lC1UXrLYnb https://t.co/AsypUvbjht
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 23, 2020
Steve Bing, a real estate heir who became a Hollywood producer and film financier, died on Monday in Los Angeles at age 55. A police official said he had jumped from a high-rise balcony. https://t.co/BeV7exlmPc
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 24, 2020
Steve Bing: Ex-partner of Liz Hurley took his own life, coroner rules https://t.co/7zwXcCuo1F
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) June 24, 2020
Back in April, Linda Tripp died at the age of 70 from pancreatic cancer.
Tripp played a critical role in President Clinton’s sex scandal that led to him being impeached in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Prior to Tripp’s passing, Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern who had the affair with Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, spoke out about Tripp after the news broke.
“No matter the past, upon hearing that Linda Tripp is very seriously ill, I hope for her recovery. I can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family,” Lewinsky said.
In the late 1990s, Tripp recorded several conversations between herself and Lewinsky, where Monica spoke about her affair with Bill Clinton while they were both in the White House.
Tripp also encouraged Lewinsky to document her relationship and keep the infamous semen-stained navy blue dress from being dry-cleaned.
The tape recordings were turned over to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, serving as key evidence in the perjury case against Bill Clinton.