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Morgan Spurlock is dead: “Super Size Me” creator dies at 53

Morgan Spurlock is dead: “Super Size Me” creator dies at 53

Mourning for Morgan Spurlock. The documentary film director died on Thursday at the age of just 53, his family announced.

Morgan Spurlock (1970-2024) is dead. The filmmaker, who became known primarily through his critical documentary “Super Size Me”, died on Thursday (May 23) at the age of just 53, as his family announced in a statement. The cause of death is given as cancer.

Spurlock passed away “peacefully in New York surrounded by family and friends” on Thursday, the filmmaker’s family said in a statement. His older brother Craig Spurlock, who worked with the deceased on various projects in the past, wrote: “It was a sad day as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan. Morgan gave so much through his art, his ideas and his generosity. The world has lost a true creative genius and a special person. I am so proud to have worked with him.”

“Super Size Me” held up a mirror to the fast food industry

In 2004, Spurlock’s groundbreaking documentary “Super Size Me” was released. In the film, the author, director and producer made himself the protagonist. For a month, he ate only meals from McDonald’s. When the fast-food giant’s employees offered him the even larger “super-size” option when ordering, Spurlock was not allowed to refuse it due to the rules he had set for himself.

At the end of the experiment, Spurlock said he had gained over 12 pounds, suffered from depression, and had liver dysfunction. The documentary grossed an impressive $22 million. McDonald’s discontinued its “super-size” option after its release.

Source: Stern

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