Actor Stephen Furst died friday. He was 63. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images
Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

Stephen Furst, of 'Animal House,' dead at 63

Actor and filmmaker Stephen Furst, most famous for his role as "Flounder" in the cult classic movie "Animal House," has died. He was 63.

Furst’s son Nathan said his father died at his home in California early Friday morning surrounded by friends and family. Nathan and his brother Griff released a statement via Facebook, calling Furst a “beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing.”

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“To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst,” they wrote. “But rather, enjoy memories of all the times he made you snicker, laugh, or even snort to your own embarrassment.”

While his cause of death has yet to be officially determined, Furst battled with diabetes for years, eventually becoming a spokesman for the American Diabetes Association. His family has said that complications from the disease led to his passing.

In addition to his famous role as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the 1978 movie, Furst starred in “Babylon 5” and “St. Elsewhere.”

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