Ron Lester, 'Varsity Blues' actor, dies at 45

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 7: Actor Ron Lester attends the 'Varsity Blues' Hollywood Premiere on January 7, 1999 at the Paramount Theatre, Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
380965 19: Actor Ron Lester (WB's 'Popular') goofs around with actress Amber Benson (WB's 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer') at the 'South Park' party held at the Conga Room October 26, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 6: Actor Ron Lester attends the Second Annual Teen Choice Awards on August 6, 2000 at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Actor Ron Lester attends Tommy Hilfiger and Vanity Fair Host a Party to Celebrate Vanity Fair Magazine's December Issue Photographic Portfolio 'Icons of Rock' on November 11, 1999 at Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store, 468 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA- JULY 24: Actor Ron Lester and actor Bryce Johnson attend the WB Summer TCA Press Tour All-Star Party on July 24, 2000 at Il Fornaio Restaurant in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 18: Actor Ron Lester attends 'The Fast and the Furious' Westwood Premiere on June 18, 2001 at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Ron Lester attends the '3000 Miles to Graceland' Hollywood Premiere on February 20, 2001 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
385024 02: Actor Ron Lester arrives for the premiere of the film 'Valentine' February 1, 2001 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Ron Lester attends the 'Hardball' Hollywood Premiere on September 10, 2001 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 18: Actor Ron Lester attends 'The Fast and the Furious' Westwood Premiere on June 18, 2001 at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 15: Actor Ron Lester attends Sony Computer Entertainment America Hosts Pre-E3 Party to Preview Upcoming PS2 Titles on May 15, 2001 at the American Legion Hall in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 13: Actor Ron Lester arrives at the premiere of Paramounts' 'Coach Carter' at the Chinese Theater on January 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 6: Actor Ron Lester arrives at the premiere of 'Wasabi Tuna' at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre on May 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 4: Actor Ron Lester arrives at the MGM / UA Premiere of 'Good Boy!' at the Mann Village Theater on October 4, 2003 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
398327 13: Actor Ron Lester and his friend attend the film premiere of 'Not Another Teen Movie' December 7, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Ron Lester attends the 'Hardball' Hollywood Premiere on September 10, 2001 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
394189 03: Actor Ron Lester attends the premiere of 'Hardball' September 10, 2001 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Daniel Kern/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 9: Actor Ron Lester arrives at the American Society of Young Musicians' 13th Annual Spring Concert Awards at the House Of Blues on June 9, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: Los Angeles Mission and Anne Douglas Center's Thanksgiving meal for the homeless, United States on November 24, 2004 - Ron Lester and Melissa Joan Hart. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 5: Actor Ron Lester arrives at the premiere of Showtime and Creative Coalition Los Angeles premiere of 'Reefer Madness' held at the Regent Showcase Cinemas on April 5, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 24: Actor Ron Lester poses at the Celebrities Serve Thanksgiving Meal For The Homeless at the Los Angeles Mission on November 24, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
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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.

See Bradley's full Facebook post below.


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