Varsity Blues Actor, Ron Lester Dies at 45, Reported Death in Dallas Hospital Friday night

Lester died in a Dallas hospital Friday night, just hours after it had been reported that he was in critical condition. He had been struggling with liver issues and kidney since November and had been hospitalized for the past four months.

The actor was known for his role as Billy Bob in the James Van Der Beek film.

Actor Ron Lester, known for his role in Varsity Blues as Billy Bob, has died. He was 45.

His agent Dave Bradley reported the news on Friday night on his Facebook page. Earlier in the night, he thanked the actor's fans for their kind words after Lester was taken to the hospital in critical condition. "He was not in any pain and passed away peacefully," Bradley later wrote. 

TMZ reported that Lester had been hospitalized last fall due to liver problems, and was taken to hospice care in Dallas on Friday night.

At about 7 p.m. PT, Bradley wrote that "he is breathing on his own, but has been given medicine that takes care of any pain he may be feeling. Ron's Fiancee is by his side as well as close family and friends. I will do my best to answer your questions and to return your phone calls. Thank you for your continued support. I will post an update as soon as there is any status changes."

After his breakout roles in Good Burger and Varsity Blues, Lester went on to appear in TV series including  Popular and Freaks and Geeks, and later the film Not Another Teen Movie, playing a parody version of his character Billy Bob, this time named Reggie Ray.

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Tonight my friends we lost my good friend and actor Ron Lester - He passed at 8:57 pm Dallas TX Time. He was not in any pain and passed away peacefully.

For the Media - I will release a press statement as soon as I have a chance to mourn my friend.

Please keep his Fiancee Jennifer Worland in your prayers as she was with him. His friends and family was around him during this difficult time.

Photo: PhamousFotos / Splash News 'Varsity Blues' fans are mourning the death of Ron Lester. The actor who played Billy Bob died on Friday after being taken off life support. He was just 45 years old.

Ron Lester Dies Varsity Blues Actor