Director of ‘Super Size Me’ dies


Morgan Spurlock, Oscar-nominated documentary maker and best known for his 2004 instant film Super Size Medied at the age of 53.

Spurlock died of complications from cancer.

“It was a sad day when we said goodbye to my brother Morgan,” Spurlock’s brother and co-worker, Craig, said on Friday.

“Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas and generosity. The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man.”

Spurlock is especially remembered for the documentary Super Size Me when he lived on McDonald’s fast food for a whole month to determine its health impact on his body.

In this 30-day experiment, Spurlock ate an average of 5,000 calories per day and ended up gaining 11 kg. He often felt sick and without energy and became depressed among other things.

The film sparked a major debate about fast food and obesity in the US and finally earned Spurlock an Oscar nomination for best documentary film.

It also prompted McDonald’s to stop offering its “super size” option in 2004.

In his career, Spurlock was the director of more than 20 films and documentaries including Where in the World is Osama bin Laden (2008) and This Is Usthe 2013 One Direction tour movie.

Sources: BBC, SkyNews