'Super Size Me' filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dies age 53

Morgan Spurlock
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Morgan Spurlock, the director famed for his groundbreaking documentary Super Size Me, has died aged 53.

Renowned for his daring experiment where he consumed nothing but McDonald's meals for an entire month, Spurlock delved into the detrimental effects of fast food on one's health.

He passed away after a battle this cancer.

His death was confirmed by his brother, Craig Spurlock, to the New York Post. "It was a sad day, as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan," he expressed.

"Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas and generosity. Today the world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am so proud to have worked together with him."

Before achieving fame with Super Size Me, Spurlock hailed from Parkersburg, West Virginia, and later graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1993. Initially, he made his mark as a playwright, receiving accolades at the New York Fringe Festival for his work The Phoenix in 1999, reports the Mirror.

Super Size Me, released in 2004, not only garnered critical acclaim but also an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. His 30-day McDonald's binge resulted in a weight gain of 24.5 pounds (11.1kg), a 13% body fat increase, and took a toll on his mental well-being, causing mood swings and sexual dysfunction.

In 2017, a sequel to the hit documentary titled Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! was released, marking his last documentary before his passing. The film scrutinises the fast food industry's assertions of being healthier now and the challenges faced by fast food restaurants in procuring farm-raised chickens from chicken companies.

Spurlock also contributed to other documentaries such as Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (2008); Freakonomics (2010); and One Direction: This Is Us (2013).

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