Animal House actor Stephen Furst dead at 63

18th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

Animal House actor Stephen Furst has died at the age of 63.

The screen star, who was most well known for playing Flounder in the 1978 cult movie, passed away on Friday (16Jun17) at his home in Ventura County, California.

Furst's son Nathan told that the actor and filmmaker was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death.

Nathan and his brother Griff added to the outlet that Furst was "a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing."

The siblings also took to Facebook to confirm the sad news, writing: "Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments. He was known to the world as a brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing.

"To truly honour him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst. But rather, enjoy memories of all the times he made you snicker, laugh, or even snort to your own embarrassment. He intensely believed that laugher is the best therapy, and he would want us to practice that now.

"If you knew him personally, remember his gift for lighting up a room. And no matter who you are, when you think of Steve, instead of being sad, celebrate his life by watching one of his movies or use one of his bits to make someone else laugh -- really, really hard."

Details of the cause of his death were not revealed. However, Furst suffered from diabetes for years, and became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association later in his life

Aside from his role as Kent 'Flounder' Dorfman in Animal House, Furst starred in U.S. TV series including Babylon 5, St. Elsewhere and Misery Loves Company.

More recent parts saw Furst appear in the series Scrubs, while his last role was in 2006 TV movie Basilisk: The Serpent King.

He also enjoyed success as a director, taking the helm of several episodes of Babylon 5 and TV films Dragon Storm and Path of Destruction.

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