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Ron Lester, US actor dead at 45

Associated Press Associated Press 19/06/2016

US actor Ron Lester, who was best known for playing the loud, oversized lineman Billy Bob in the 1999 film Varsity Blues, has died of organ failure.

He was 45.

His agent, Dave Bradley, confirmed on Saturday that Lester had been hospitalised since February due to liver and kidney complications. He says Lester was removed from a ventilator and died on Friday.

The actor last year announced that he was being treated for liver and kidney ailments.

Lester, a Georgia native, told the online sports publication Grantland in 2014 that he once weighed more than 227kg and was undergoing gastric bypass surgery and shedding some 136kg but his acting opportunities dried up after he lost the weight.

His other film credits include roles in Not Another Teen Movie and Good Burger.

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