LIZ Hurley’s son Damian has thanked fans for their support following his dad Steve Bing’s shock death on Monday.
The 18-year-old model said it’s been a “challenging time” after multi-millionaire Steve took his own life at the age of 55.
Posting on Instagram this evening, Damian shared a photo of himself in front of bouquets of white flowers.
He wrote in the caption: “I’d like to thank you all again for your overwhelming kindness over the past few days.
“Your love and support has helped me greatly during this challenging time 🕊”.
Damian’s mum, Liz, dated Steve in 2001 – and when she gave birth Steve insisted that the child was not his.
A paternity test later proved he was the biological father, and while Steve was estranged for much of Damian’s life, Liz previously revealed they’d grown close in recent months.
The teen told followers earlier this week that his dad’s passing was a “strange and confusing time”.
Writing alongside a photo of the sky, he shared: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has reached out following the devastating news.
“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.”
Liz also posted on social media, telling fans she was “saddened beyond believe” at Steve’s death.
She wrote: “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.
“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.”
Last year, Damian’s grandfather, real estate heir Dr Peter Bing, tried to prevent the teen model and his half-sister Kira from accessing their inheritance.
But a Los Angeles judge ruled that Damian and Kira, the daughter of Steve and ex-tennis pro Lisa Bonder, were beneficiaries to Dr Peter Bing’s trust.
The grandad had tried to claim Damian should not inherit because the model had never met his own dad and was “born out of wedlock”, according to court papers.
Steve, whose fortune was an estimated £380m, blasted this statement with his legal team branding the petition a “sham”.
Liz and Steve had joined forces to fight against the lawsuit.
Steve was a multi-millionaire movie producer and writer who had dropped out of Stanford University after inheriting $600 million from his real estate developer grandfather.
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He pursued a career in Hollywood, working on the Sylvester Stallone film Get Carter and was best known for writing Kangaroo Jack in 2003.
Steve also invested $100 million into the Tom Hanks film The Polar Express, as well as financially backing Beowulf.
Bing donated to a lot of progressive issues, including environment initiatives. He contributed nearly $50 million to an oil production tax that was defeated in 2006.
In 2009, when Bill Clinton flew to North Korea to negotiate for the release of two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, Bing covered the costs.
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