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.

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  1. Major mcDononigh says:


  2. flowerduh says:


  3. Steven says:

    RIP Sugar Daddy. This is so sad. He was so young and lost all that weight.

  4. dkleener says:

    I liked how he didn’t take himself too seriously and spoofed his own role from the Varsity Blues in Not Another Teen Movie. RIP.

  5. Lulu says:

    So sad, he was so cute and likable.. Rip.

  6. Lulu says:

    And also too young to leave.

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Sad to hear about his passing. He was a good and funny actor. He will be missed RIP.

  8. mehdi the persian says:

    rest in peace dear ron

  9. Carlos Lee says:

    RIP. I remember him on “Not Another Teen Movie” and Variety Blues”.

  10. Marta Clark says:

    I worked with Ron at Horsetown. Love you Ron. R.I.P. Bless your heart! !!

  11. Dr. Ted Cruz says:


    • A person with more humanity and intelligence than you says:

      Ted (who) you will be forgotten tomorrow, but this man’s name will be remembers by the people who were fortunate enough to be his friend and those who loved him. You can’t say the same – loud mouth from the peanut gallery.