Steve Bing — a screenwriter, producer, movie investor and noted philanthropist who also made headlines for his romances with some of Hollywood's most beautiful and talented stars over the decades, including actress Elizabeth Hurley — died by suicide at 55 on June 22 in Los Angeles.
Hours after learning the sad news, Liz, 55 — who has a son, Damian Hurley, with Steve — took to Instagram to share her grief.
"I am saddened beyond belief that my ex Steve is no longer with us. It is a terrible end. Our time together was very happy and I'm posting these pictures because although we went through some tough times, it's the good, wonderful memories of a sweet, kind man that matter," she wrote alongside a slideshow of photos of herself and Steve in happier times. "In the past year we had become close again. We last spoke on our son's 18th birthday. This is devastating news and I thank everyone for their lovely messages ❤️."
Liz and Steve dated in 2001 and after Damian's birth in April 2002 endured the "tough times" she speaks of: He initially denied paternity, which was later proven via a DNA test.
Damian, who turned 18 in April, also took to social media to share his feelings with fans in a photo post of a red sky.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has reached out following the devastating news," Damian wrote. "I'm trying to reply to as many of you as I can, but please know I will always remember your kindness. This is a very strange and confusing time and I'm immensely grateful to be surrounded by my phenomenal family and friends 🖤."
Other big names including former President Bill Clinton — whose foundation benefitted immensely from Steve's philanthropic generosity — also shared tributes to the "Kangaroo Jack" screenwriter and "Polar Express" producer.
"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," the former POTUS tweeted. "I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, and I hope he's finally found peace."