Former US president Bill Clinton pays tribute to film producer Steve Bing

Hollywood filmmaker Steve Bing, who shares a son with actress Elizabeth Hurley, has been found dead in Los Angeles, according to reports in the US.

Former president Bill Clinton, a friend of Bing, appeared to confirm the news, saying "he had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in".

Bing, 55, was known for his work on movies including Kangaroo Jack, which he co-wrote, and for financing films including The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks.

He was the father to Hurley's 18-year-old son, Damian, and had a daughter with the former professional tennis player Lisa Bonder.

Bing initially denied he was Damian's biological father only for DNA tests to vindicate Hurley.

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Elizabeth Hurley with boyfriend Steven Bing at opening day at the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at the Bridgehampton Polo Club in Bridgehampton, New York. 07/14/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: British actress Elizabeth Hurley and her boyfriend film producer Steve Bing enjoy an embrace during the Elton John concert at Madison Square Gardens on October 22, 2000 in New York. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and Hollywood mogul Steve Bing look on during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September 21, 2010 in New York City. The sixth annual meeting of the CGI gathers prominent individuals in politics, business, science, academics, religion and entertainment to discuss global issues such as climate change and the reconstruction of Haiti. The event, founded by Clinton after he left office, is held the same week as the General Assembly at the United Nations, when most world leaders are in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Barbara Davis, Steve Bing and Carole Bayer Sager at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation's "Tex-Mex Fiesta" 2017 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Talent agent Arnold Stiefel (L) and philanthropist Steve Bing attend 2016 March of Dimes Celebration of Babies at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for March of Dimes )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Steve Bing and producer Brian Grazer attend 2016 March of Dimes Celebration of Babies at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for March of Dimes )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 21: (L-R) Steve Bing, actors Alana Stewart and George Hamilton attend The Heart Foundation 20th Anniversary Event honoring Discovery Land Company's Mike Meldman at the Green Acres Estate on May 21, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Heart Foundation )
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Producers Steve Bing (L) and Arnon Milchan attend LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell and Alejandro G Iñárritu, Presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Producer Steve Bing, guest and LACMA Trustee Brian Grazer attend LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell and Alejandro G Iñárritu, Presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Art Film Gala co-chair and LACMA Trustee Eva Chow, wearing Gucci, (L) and Steve Bing attend LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell and Alejandro G Iñárritu, Presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LACMA)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 09: (L-R) Actress Kelly Lynch, Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg, screenwriter Mitch Glazer, actor Bill Murray and producer Steve Bing; attend the Open Road panel during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 03: (L-R) Andre Balazs, Chelsea Scott, Steve Bing, Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer attend Marc Jacobs and Vanity Fair Cocktails at The Webster Miami on December 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 15: Allen Shapiro, Steve Bing and Kelly Lynch attend the Malcolm Gladwell and Lisa and Eric Eisner in support of YES event at Sunset Tower Hotel on October 15, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Young Eisner Scholars)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Steve Bing and guest pose at Jane Fonda's hand and footprints ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 27, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 17: Producer Steve Bing (L) and Honoree Steven Mnuchin recipient of the Philanthropic Leadership Award attend The Kaleidoscope Ball - Designing The Future benefitting the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA at Beverly Hills Hotel on April 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for BWR)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Steve Bing and Ziggy Marley attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Marley" at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on April 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: President of Israel, Shimon Peres (L) and producer Steve Bing attend an evening hosted by the Jewish community, the Consul General of Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on March 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
RHINEBECK, NY - JULY 31: Real estate developer and film producer Steve Bing is seen on the streets hours before the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 31: Steve Bing attends HEIDI KLUM'S 10TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY PRESENTED BY MSN AND SKYY VODKA at Voyeur on October 31, 2009 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by DAVID CROTTY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 05: Brad Pitt and Steve Bing arrive to discuss the "Make it Right" project in the Speaker's Balcony Hallway in the Capitol Building on March 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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Steve Bing during 34th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery - Arrivals at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 16: Steve Bing poses for a photo at The Madinat Jumeirah on December 11, 2005 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed it was investigating the death of a man in his 50s in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County coroner said a man was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.10pm local time on Monday, and that identification was pending.

Bing donated money to Mr Clinton and was reportedly instrumental in helping the former president return two American reporters from North Korea in 2009.

In his tribute, Mr Clinton said: "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."

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Elizabeth Hurley shared a son with Bing (David Davies/PA)

Bing is reported to have dropped out of Stanford university as an 18-year-old after he inherited 600 million dollars (about £481 million) from his grandfather, the real estate developer Leo S Bing.

He then launched his Hollywood career and co-wrote the 2003 comedy Kangaroo Jack while reportedly investing 80 million dollars (about £64 million) in 2004 animated film The Polar Express.

The IMDB website lists him as a producer on films including the 2000 Get Carter remake starring Sylvester Stallone and Shine A Light, Martin Scorsese's 2008 documentary about the Rolling Stones.

Bing was was the founder of Shangri-La Entertainment, an organisation with interests in property, construction, entertainment and music.

As well as his work in Hollywood, Bing also donated money to the Democratic Party.

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.

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