Morgan Spurlock, known for ‘Super Size Me,’ dead at 53

Morgan Spurlock, known for 'Super Size Me,' dead at 53,

Morgan Spurlock, filmmaker behind ‘Super Size Me’ documentary, dies from cancer.

Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind the award-winning documentary “Super Size Me,” died from cancer complications, his family announced on Friday. “Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas, and generosity,” his brother, Craig Spurlock, said in a statement. “The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man.” Spurlock died Thursday, according to his family. He was 53 years old.

The Oscar-nominated documentarian and director from West Virginia famously ate fast food for 30 days to create his hit 2004 film, during which Spurlock claimed to only consume McDonald’s menu items for all three meals, which highlighted the radical impact that diet had on his physical and psychological health. The New York University alum later followed up with a 2017 sequel, “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!,” which was Spurlock’s final documentary.

Morgan Spurlock, known for ‘Super Size Me,’ dead at 53

Morgan Spurlock, known for 'Super Size Me,' dead at 53
Morgan Spurlock, known for ‘Super Size Me,’ dead at 53

“Super Size Me” captured the zeitgeist when it released in 2004, grossing $22 million at the global box office and sparking a conversation about how the fast food industry encourage poor nutrition among the general public. McDonald’s discontinued its “super-size” option in the time following its release. Though the doc is still utilized as an educational aide in some school health classes, it has also sparked debate over its accuracy in the years since, with some criticism citing Spurlock refusing to publicly share his diet log from filming. Spurlock later disclosed that he struggled with alcohol abuse — a factor that some consider would’ve been a likely influence on the doc’s conclusions regarding liver dysfunction. Born Nov. 7, 1970, in Parkersburg, W. Va., Spurlock was raised under the Methodist faith, though he identified as agnostic later in life. He graduated with a BFA in film from New York University in 1993. In the 13 years following “Super Size Me,” Spurlock gained additional success under his production company Warrior Poets, producing and directing nearly 70 documentary films and television series. Spurlock’s wide-ranging works were fueled by addressing controversial and topical subjects. His projects covered issues including the U.S. war in Afghanistan (“Where In the the World Is Osama Bin Laden”), minimum wage and immigrant labor (“30 Days”); consumer susceptibility to marketing (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”); trophy hunting and body modification (“7 Deadly Sins”); elder care and gambling (“Morgan Spurlock Inside Man”) and corporate pressure on family farms (“Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”).

 

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