‘Super Size Me’ director Morgan Spurlock dies of cancer at age 53

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who ate only McDonald’s for a month in “Super Size Me” to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, died Thursday, May 23, at age 53. He suffered from cancer.

Spurlock died in New York from complications of cancer, his family announced in a statement. “He passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on May 23, 2024 in New York from complications of cancer,” the AP news agency quoted his family as saying.

His brother Craig Spurlock, who worked with him on several projects, was quoted by the AP as saying, “It was a sad day when we said goodbye to my brother Morgan.”

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“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 alongside him,” he added.

The Oscar nominee is best known for “Super Size Me,” which sparked a global debate about the dangers of a fast-food diet. The documentary involved Spurlock’s experiment to illustrate the dangers of a fast food diet consuming only McDonald’s food. Over a month he gained 12 kilos, his cholesterol levels skyrocketed and the doctors who followed the experiment finally told him to stop when he began to develop liver problems, AFP reported.

In 2019, Spurlock returned with another documentary, “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”.

His documentaries exposing the fast food and chicken industries forced farm businesses to place greater importance on freshness, artisanal methods, farm-to-table goodness, and ethically sourced ingredients.

Spurlock is also known for making a satirical documentary about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?”

He also tried his luck in television series. Spurlock produced and directed nearly 70 documentaries and television series through his production house “Warrior Poets” and his most successful work for television was the FX series 30 Days, which aired between 2005 and 2008.

In 2017, he confessed to committing sexual crimes at the height of the #MeToo movement.

In an open letter, Spurlock admitted to verbally harassing an assistant and bribing her. Spurlock said that he had been sexually abused when he was a child and that he had a drinking problem. He confessed: “I have been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.”

Spurlock was born on November 7, 1970 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and graduated from New York University in 1993.

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