Morgan Spurlock, ‘Super Size Me’ filmmaker, useless at 53 – National


Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker finest identified for his documentary Super Size Me, has died on the age of 53.

His household introduced his demise in a press release Friday, saying he “passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on May 23, 2024, in New York from complications of cancer.”

“It was a sad day, as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan,” stated Craig Spurlock, who labored along with his brother on a number of tasks. “Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas, and generosity. The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am so proud to have worked together with him.”

Super Size Me, which hit theatres in 2004, earned Spurlock an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. In the movie, he challenged himself to solely eat meals from McDonald’s for a month — by no means being allowed to show down the “super-size” possibility of the meal, if supplied — whereas monitoring the results on his psychological and bodily well being and taking a deep dive into the inside workings of the quick meals trade.

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By the tip of the month, Spurlock stated he was affected by liver dysfunction, despair and had gained 25 kilos.

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The film, which grossed US$22 million in theatres worldwide, prompted McDonald’s to chop its “super-size” possibility from menus.

After the success of Super Size Me, he went on to create a number of different documentaries: Where within the World Is Osama bin Laden (2008), The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) and the 2017 sequel Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!

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He additionally had his personal manufacturing firm, Warrior Poets, which produced and directed practically 70 documentary movies and sequence.

FILE – Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock participates within the BUILD Speaker Series to debate the movie, ‘Go North,’ at AOL Studios on Jan. 4, 2017, in New York.

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In 2017, because the #MeToo motion gained traction, Spurlock posted an open letter on Twitter the place he admitted he was “part of the problem” and admitted to settling a 2009 sexual harassment declare made by a feminine workplace assistant. He additionally revealed he was accused of rape whereas in faculty and wrote that he’d been “unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I ever had.”

He stepped down from Warrior Poets shortly after the confession, successfully ending his filmmaking profession.

Spurlock is survived by his former spouses; two kids, Laken and Kallen; his mom, Phyllis Spurlock and father, Ben; two brothers and a handful of nieces and nephews.

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