Another piece of sad news for Hollywood.
Stephen Furst, an actor best known for playing Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in Animal House, has passed away.
He was only 63 years old.
We first heard of his death last night when his sons, Nathan and Griffith Furst, made a touching statement on his Facebook pace.
“Actor and comedian Stephen Furst died on June 16, 2017 due to complications from diabetes,” the statement read.
“Steve has a long list of earthy 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 honor him,” they wrote, “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.”
His sons concluded the statement with “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.”
Sounds like a great way to remember this beloved actor.
Though he was known for his role in Animal House, Stephen also had notable parts in shows like Babylon 5 and St. Elsewhere.
And who could forget his guest-starring roles on classic shows like The Jeffersons and Newhart?
Fans would also point out his roles in National Lampoon’s Class Reunion, Midnight Madness, and The Dream Team.
Many of Stephen’s co-stars over the years have taken the time this weekend to remember their friend.
Tim Matheson, also from Animal House, tweeted “Ah, Flounder! You f-cked up. You trusted us! But we loved ya, Pal. Rest In Peace.”
Bruce Boxleitner of Babylon 5 wrote “I just received news of the passing of another member of our #Babylon5 family. Stephen Furst ‘Vir Cotto,’ RIP, my friend.”
“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of my friend Stephen Furst,” Howie Mandel wrote. “A kind heart, great talent and beautiful human being.”
As of now, tributes are still pouring in. It seems like this guy was really, truly loved.
And, of course, like he will be very, very missed.
Our condolences to his friends and family.