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Morgan Spurlock, director of “Super Size Me,” dies

The documentary filmmaker, remembered for eating at McDonald's for a month for his audiovisual, was 53 years old

American director Morgan Spurlock died at the age of 53 due to “complications resulting from cancer,” his family reported this Friday, May 24. The director achieved international impact for his documentary “Super Size Me” (2004), in which he ate at McDonald's every day for a month.

With his work, Spurlock was nominated for an Oscar for criticizing American food and diets, EFE reported. In his audiovisuals, he sought to illustrate the dangers of a fast food diet among other topics of social interest.

“It was a sad day as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan. He contributed so much through his art, ideas and generosity. “The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man,” the statement said.

Spurlock achieved international recognition by opening the debate on nutrition problems and the risks of fast food abuse in the United States. His work serves as an educational tool in schools and institutes in the aforementioned country.

A slap in the face

The documentary filmmaker, a native of West Virginia, filmed the second version of his “Super Size Me” in 2019, titled “Holy Chicken.” This twist focused on the pressures of large fast food chains on small family poultry farms. Despite his interesting questioning, it did not achieve the same impact as his debut work.

Spurlock's legacy condenses dozens of projects where he addressed controversial issues for American society. In some of them, he even covered the work of the migrant population (“30 Days”); the Afghanistan War (“Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden?”); the power of marketing in the capitalist system (“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”) and the fashion of body modifications (“7 Deadly Sins”), among others.

Spurlock's bet, according to his family, was always the same: “to fearlessly challenge modern conventions using humor and wit.” He was trying to “shed light on the problems,” the statement said.

Through his production company Warrior Poets, Spurlock also developed dozens of television series broadcast in the United States. He did it for over 13 years.

In the statement, Spurlock's family asked that those who wish can make donations to the American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge (New York). “In honor of Morgan,” they stressed.

Spurlock was an eccentric filmmaker who leaned toward the bizarre and ridiculous. His stylistic touches included energetic graphics and fun music. Likewise, he mixed a style of narration on camera similar to that of Michael Moore, but with his own sense of humor and pathos.

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