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Ron Lester of Varsity Blues Has Passed Away at 45

Illustration for article titled Ron Lester of iVarsity Blues/i Has Passed Away at 45

Actor Ron Lester was most famous for his role as Billy Bob in the teen football drama Varsity Blues.

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US Magazine reports that Lester passed away late on Friday, surrounded by family in a Dallas hospital. He had been battling liver and kidney problems, which he was hopeful about overcoming late last year:

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Lester was also known for his roles on WB series Popular and fan favorite Freaks and Geeks. After undergoing a gastric bypass surgery in 2001, he said that he had trouble getting cast because he lost a drastic 350 pounds. He seemed to celebrate the changes, telling BodyBuilding.com, “I sold my ‘niche’ for my chance to live... I would never trade the life I have now with … the endless opportunities I have in store for me, with my old life.”

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drmelodypond
Dr. Melody Pond

So sad! I’m so sorry for his financé and family. He went to my high school; he graduated a few years before I did. I met him after Varsity Blues and Popular success. We chatted for a bit, and he seemed genuinely kind.