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Morgan Spurlock, ‘Super Size Me’ Director, Dies at 53

Morgan Spurlock, the acclaimed documentary filmmaker known for his groundbreaking work “Super Size Me,” passed away on Thursday in upstate New York due to complications from cancer. He was 53. Spurlock’s family confirmed his death, expressing their sorrow and highlighting his contributions to film and society.

A Pioneering Filmmaker

Spurlock gained fame with his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” in which he documented the effects of eating only McDonald’s food for 30 days. This experiment aimed to highlight the potential health risks associated with fast food consumption. Spurlock adhered to a strict regimen: he had to eat every item on the McDonald’s menu at least once, could only consume McDonald’s products, and had to super-size his meal if offered. By the end of the month, Spurlock reported significant weight gain, depression, and liver dysfunction, sparking widespread debate about the fast food industry’s impact on public health.

Impact and Legacy

“Super Size Me” resonated deeply with audiences, grossing $22 million worldwide and igniting a conversation about nutrition and corporate responsibility. The film’s influence was profound enough that McDonald’s discontinued its “super-size” option following the documentary’s release. Despite its success, the film also faced criticism, particularly regarding Spurlock’s refusal to release his diet log and his later admission of struggling with alcohol abuse, which some argued could have influenced his health outcomes.

Spurlock’s Career and Contributions

Born on November 7, 1970, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Spurlock graduated with a BFA in film from New York University in 1993. He founded the production company Warrior Poets and produced and directed nearly 70 documentaries and television series over the next 13 years. His works often tackled controversial and topical issues, including the U.S. war in Afghanistan (“Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden”), minimum wage and immigrant labor (“30 Days”), consumer susceptibility to marketing (“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”), and corporate pressure on family farms (“Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”).

Spurlock’s approach to documentary filmmaking was marked by a willingness to delve into contentious subjects and challenge societal norms. His unique style and commitment to social issues garnered him significant acclaim and a dedicated following.

Controversies and Career Decline

In December 2017, during the height of the #MeToo movement, Spurlock posted a lengthy confession on social media admitting to past infidelities, sexual harassment, and an accusation of rape during his college years. This admission effectively ended his documentary career, as he resigned from Warrior Poets and faced public backlash.

Personal Life and Legacy

Spurlock is survived by his two children, Laken and Kallen; his mother, Phyllis Spurlock; his father, Ben (Iris); brothers Craig (Carolyn) and Barry (Buffy); multiple nieces and nephews; and his former spouses, Alexandra Jamieson and Sara Bernstein.

Reflecting on his brother’s life and career, Craig Spurlock stated, “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.”


Morgan Spurlock’s work, particularly “Super Size Me,” has left an indelible mark on documentary filmmaking and public discourse on health and corporate responsibility. His willingness to confront challenging issues and provoke thought made him a significant figure in the film industry. As his family and fans mourn his passing, his contributions to society and film continue to be remembered and celebrated.


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