Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker and former CNN series host whose documentary McDonald’s Super Size Me was nominated for an Academy Award, died of complications from cancer on Thursday (Friday AEST), according to his family.

Spurlock, who was 53, died in New York. USA Surrounded by family and friends, his brother said in a statement.

“It was a sad day when we said goodbye to my brother Morgan,” Craig Spurlock said.

Morgan Spurlock at the Los Angeles premiere of her film Super Size Me in 2004.
Morgan Spurlock at the Los Angeles premiere of her film Super Size Me in 2004. (AP)

“Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas and generosity. The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am very proud to have worked alongside him.”

Spurlock’s directing career was varied and unpredictable.

He was best known for Super Size Mesparking a national conversation (and no shortage of controversy) about America’s relationship with fast food.

The film involved his experiment in which he consumed only McDonald’s food for 30 days and required him to “upsize” his food order if requested in the sales transaction.

But he also made a satirical documentary about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, directed a movie about a One Direction concert, and even made a movie about Homer Simpson and baseball.

Spurlock’s directing career was varied and unpredictable. (Getty Images via CNN Newsource)

For several years, Spurlock hosted a popular CNN original series, Morgan Spurlock inside the man.

Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the future filmmaker grew up in Beckley, where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School.

He then graduated from New York University in 1993.

Spurlock was the founder of the New York-based Warrior Poets production studio and his first film, Super Size MeIt premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, where it won the best director award.

The film won the inaugural Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.

Director Morgan Spurlock has died. He was 53 years old. (Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Spurlock’s willingness in that documentary to use himself to experiment and determine the effects of eating McDonald’s food for breakfast, lunch and dinner fascinated audiences.

She gained 11kg and documented the negative effects it had on her body.

your movie Super Size Me 2: Santo Pollo It was released in 2019.

Buoyed by the success of his first project, Spurlock delved into other documentaries, including the 2008 one. Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden? and 2011 POM Wonderful Presents: the best movie ever sold.

He also created the reality television series. 30 days in 2005 and was at the forefront of digital content creation, having helped Hulu dive into original programming with its first series titled one day in the Life.

In 2017, as the #MeToo movement gathered pace, Spurlock admitted to sexual misconduct in his past in a statement posted on social media.

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“After months of these revelations, I have come to understand that I am not an innocent bystander, but I am also part of the problem,” he wrote at the time, referencing the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men.

He resigned as CEO of his production company.

He leaves two children, Laken and Kallen, from his two previous marriages to Alexandra Jamieson and Sara Bernstein.