'Super Size Me' Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Dies At 53

By iHeartRadio

May 24, 2024

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Morgan Spurlock, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker known for his groundbreaking documentary Super Size Me, passed away on Thursday (May 23) at the age of 53. His family announced his death on Friday, stating that he died in New York due to complications from cancer.

Spurlock gained worldwide recognition with his 2004 documentary Super Size Me, which followed him as he ate only fast food for a month, documenting the detrimental effects on his health. The film sparked a significant shift in the conversation about fast food in America and earned Spurlock an Oscar nomination. It continues to be shown and taught in schools today.

Throughout his career, Spurlock produced and directed nearly 70 documentary films and television series over 13 years through his production company, Warrior Poets. His other notable works include Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?, 30 Days, and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

"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," said Craig Spurlock, Morgan's brother, who collaborated with him on several projects.

Spurlock is survived by his two sons, Laken and Kallen; his mother, Phyllis Spurlock; his father, Ben, brothers Craig and Barry; and former spouses, Alexandra Jamieson and Sara Bernstein, the mothers of his children.

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