Popular's Ron Lester Dead at 45

Ron Lester, best known to TV audiences as Michael ‘Sugar Daddy’ Bernardino on The WB’s Popular, died Friday of kidney and liver failure, according to multiple reports. He was 45.

Lester’s credits also included a recurring stint on the late, great Freaks and Geeks and a co-starring role in 1999’s Varsity Blues.

According to TMZ, the Georgia native had been hospitalized in Dallas for the past four months.

“I will remember Ron as the sweetest most loving guy who would hug you until you couldn’t breathe,” Leslie Grossman, Lester’s co-star on Popular, shared on Twitter late Friday. “Love to his family.”

Additional tributes from Lester’s Popular colleagues poured out on social media.