Sharon Stone is having a "hard time" with the death of her former flame Steve Bing

By Alexia Fernandez
June 25, 2020 04:15 PM
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Sharon Stone is coming to terms with the death of her ex Steve Bing.

The actress, 62, spoke to Extra on Thursday after Bing's death on Monday. The two were romantically linked in the past with photographs of the two appearing sporadically from the 1990s to 2004.

"This is really hard," Stone said. "I had a really hard time with it."

She continued, "He's a complicated person who I didn't think always made good decisions. It's a tough one. It's a very tough one."

Bing, a movie producer and philanthropist, was found dead at the base of his luxury apartment building in Century City, California on Monday. He was 55.

Sharon Stone and Steve Bing
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He died from multiple blunt trauma by suicide, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office confirmed Tuesday.

A source told PEOPLE on Wednesday Bing was struggling with mental health issues before his death, saying, "He had a long battle with depression."

According to Page Six, Bing reportedly sold a chunk of his possessions and often wrestled with his mental health issues.

"It was the mental issues that tormented him. He would often disappear for long periods of time," a source, a friend of Bing's, told the outlet. "Steve recently sold his jet, his home, and was very depressed."

Steve Bing and Elizabeth Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley Instagram

“Steve was the most charming, caring and generous guy you could ever meet," the friend added. "He has gone through a dark time for years. He talked about battling mental illness... His close friends are devastated about his death but, sadly, not surprised.”

Elizabeth Hurley, who dated Bing for years and had son 18-year-old son Damian with the late financier, mourned his death on Instagram with a gallery of sweet photos of herself smiling alongside him.

"I am saddened beyond belief that my ex Steve is no longer with us. It is a terrible end," the actress, 55, wrote. "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."

"In the past year we had become close again," continued Hurley. "We last spoke on our son’s 18th birthday. This is devastating news and I thank everyone for their lovely messages ❤️."

Bing's friend, philanthropist and activist Irena Medavoy, also remembered him.

"He was an artist — he had an artist’s soul," she said. "Whether you were the one running for president or just a staffer working on a campaign, he gave you that movie star smile. He supported his friends; he was the real deal and he was passionate about the movies and passionate about his friends and trying to create stories."

"Everyone is in shock — it’s such a loss and a loss for his friends and for the community," she continued. "I think it’s a loss for us because he was always there and so kind. He was part of the fabric of our community. I can’t imagine not seeing him, that big beautiful gentle giant. We will miss him."

Bing is survived by his son, Damian, and his daughter, Kira Bonder, whom he had with former professional tennis player Lisa Bonder.