Beloved Comedic Actor Dies Unexpectedly

June 19, 2017Jun 19, 2017

Stephen Furst, who played in the movie "Animal House", has passed away at the age of 63. Furst, who played Flounder in the hit movie alongside Jim Belushi, died from complications from his diabetes. 

Nathan and Griff Furst, Stephen's sons, shared a Facebook post on Friday confirming their father's death, 

"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."

He died Friday at his home in Moorpark, California. His son, Nathan, was there at the time of his passing. 

Furst has a long list of movie credits and will be remembered most for his role as the lovable bumbling freshman in "Animal House". He also was featured in the T.V. shows St. Elsewhere, Babylon 5, along with many other productions.

He was not only an actor but a director and producer as well. Furst's son, Griff, worked with him producing and directing "My Sister's Keeper" and a "Cold Moon", which is due out in October. 

He was also a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Foundation. He was passionate about the foundation and would donate all of his photo sales to the organization.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine, two grandchildren, and his two sons who want those who will miss him to remember:

"To truly honor 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 laughter is the best therapy, and he would want us to practice that now."