Stephen Furst, known for his scene-stealing turn as Flounder in National Lampoon’s Animal House, died Friday.
The actor passed away at his California home from complications due to diabetes, his sons confirmed on Facebook. He was 63.
Born in Norfolk, Virgina, the late actor had a life-long history with the disease. He lost both his mother and father to complications from diabetes when he was just 16 years old. Within weeks of each other, Furst’s father and mother died from heart disease and leukemia, respectively.
Furst would later discover he also had diabetes weeks after his father’s death but didn’t take the diagnosis seriously. “I went into denial,” Furst previously told Diabetic Living. “I didn’t realize the long-term effects.”
Ignoring his illness, the actor went on to live his life, marrying his college girlfriend Lorraine Wright before they both set out to Los Angeles so Furst could pursue acting. He later landed the role as the lovable frat boy Flounder in the hit Animal House and starred on NBC’s St. Elsewhere for five seasons.
But an accident when he was 40 led to a major lifestyle change. After ignoring a blister on his foot that developed a threatening infection, Furst was at risk of …read more