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The Big Read: The playboy life and lonely death of Steve Bing 

Against all odds Steve Bing had made peace with Liz Hurley - but even this was not enough to protect him from his demons, writes Donal Lynch

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Liz Hurley and Steve Bing at a Lakers game in April 2001. Photo: Jim Ruymen/Reuters

Liz Hurley and Steve Bing at a Lakers game in April 2001. Photo: Jim Ruymen/Reuters

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Liz Hurley and Steve Bing at a Lakers game in April 2001. Photo: Jim Ruymen/Reuters

In the place he called home for ten years, the Bel Air Hotel in LA, there might have been someone to stop Steve Bing. A friendly groundskeeper might have seen him, a maid might have walked in on him. But in the relative anonymity of a luxury skyscraper in Century City, there was no one to intervene as he walked into mid-air and fell 27 stories to his death.

A passer-by photographed his bloodied body. For a man who loathed more than anything being stalked by paparazzi, it was the final violation.

Bing had suffered from depression. He was reported to have found the isolation of lockdown difficult. But the real reasons why he took his own life may never be known. In fact he still had much going for him. He was still fabulously wealthy, with a fortune in the billions. He had forged a once unthinkable bond with his biological children, Damian Hurley and Kira Kerkorian, and spoke to the latter on Father's Day. And, even more against the odds, he seemed to have made real peace with their mothers.