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Morgan Spurlock: Super Size Me documentary filmmaker, who only ate McDonald’s for a month, dies at 53 | US News

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, famous for eating only at McDonald’s for a month in Super Size Me, has died.

Spurlock died of complications from cancer at the age of 53 in New York, his family confirmed in a statement.

Craig Spurlock, the filmmaker’s brother, said: “Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas and generosity.

“The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am very proud to have worked with him.”

Morgan Spurlock.  Photo: Pia Torelli/Sipa/Shutterstock
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Morgan Spurlock. Photo: Pia Torelli/Sipa/Shutterstock

Born on November 7, 1970, Spurlock began his career as a playwright before creating I Bet You Will, an Internet series in which audiences participated in stunts for cash.

The 2002 webcasts, in which some dared to eat a full jar of mayonnaise for $235 or take a swig of cod liver oil, were eventually bought by MTV.

Spurlock rose to fame with his 2004 documentary Super Size Me, where he ate exclusively at McDonald’s for 30 days to investigate the rise of obesity in the United States.

He consumed an average of 5,000 calories a day, always ate a “super-large” meal if offered, and exercised less to match the physical activity of the average American at the time.

At the end of his experiment, he claimed that he had gained 25 pounds (11.3 kg) and began to suffer from depression and liver dysfunction.

Spurlock’s documentary grossed $22 million at the worldwide box office and was nominated for an Oscar.

It also led McDonald’s to stop offering its “supersize” option in 2004.

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