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Memorable Varsity Blues Actor Ron Lester Has Died At 45 Years Old

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We knew this might happen, but it's still so sad, and so soon.

Actor Ron Lester, who is most well-known for his role as Billy Bob in the classic 1999 football film Varsity Blues, has died at 45 years old.

The actor was suffering from serious health problems recently, and late Friday night he was taken off life support in a Dallas hospital, where he had been receiving care for more than four months.

In addition to Varsity Blues, where he played the heavy offensive lineman that protected the quarterback played by James Van Der Beek (above), Lester appeared in a variety of shows and movies like Not Another Teen Movie, and CSI: NY.

He had been battling liver problems as far back as the end of last year, and apparently was also dealing with kidney problems, according to TMZ.

RIP, Ron.

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Varsity Blues Actor Ron Lester Has Been Hospitalized In Critical Condition

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Ron Lester of Varsity Blues hospitalized in critical condition.

Sending him our best wishes!

Varsity Blues actor Ron Lester is reportedly hospitalized and in critical condition in Dallas.

According to TMZ, the 45-year-old had liver and kidney issues, and has been in the hospital for the past four months, but his health has unfortunately not been improving.

Lester played the lovable Billy Bob in Varsity Blues alongside James van der Beek and Paul Walker, and also appeared in Freaks and Geeks and played a football player in the TV series Popular.

The actor had problems with his weight for most of his life, weighing in at 508 pounds at one point, before undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 2001 and losing 350 pounds.

We really hope he can pull through after this health scare. He's in our thoughts!

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