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‘Super Size Me’ Director Morgan Spurlock Dead At Age 53 After Brief Battle With Cancer

Some pretty shocking news to report today. Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind ‘Super Size Me‘ has passed away at the young age of 53.

According to a statement from his family, he died in upstate New York after a brief battle with cancer.

It was a sad day, as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan. Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas and generosity. Today the world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am so proud to have worked together with him.

Spurlock rose to fame in 2004 after the massive success of his ‘Super Size Me’ documentary, where he went on a McDonald’s only diet for 30 days.

The rules also included the stipulation that Spurlock could not refuse the ‘super-size’ option if prompted during the transaction. The filmmaker also exercised less to match the average American’s physical activity. By the end of the experiment, Spurlock claimed that he gained 25 pounds and suffered from depression and liver dysfunction.

The film made over $22 million at the box office and even forced McDonald’s to put an end to their “super size” menu option. Some people have questioned the legitimacy of the doc because Spurlock later admitted to “drinking heavily” while filming the movie.

In the 13 years following ‘Super Size Me,’ Spurlock gained additional success under his production company Warrior Poets, producing and directing nearly 70 documentary films and television series. Spurlock’s wide-ranging works were fueled by addressing controversial and topical subjects.

In 2017, he stepped down from his production company after he admitted to sexually harassing women and paying a settlement to a female assistant who he regularly referred to as “sex pants.”

He’s survived by his parents and his two sons, 17-year-old Laken and 8-year-old Kallen.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.