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Ron Lester Remembered by His Co-Stars: ‘He Was the Sweetest Guy in the World’

”Varsity Blues“ and ”Popular“ star died Friday at age 45

The death of “Varsity Blues” and “Popular” star Ron Lester, who died Friday at age 45, has prompted a flood of tributes from his costars, with Leslie Bibb, Christopher Gorham and other colleagues sharing their grief and memories on social media.

Bibb, who played Brooke McQueen opposite Lester’s Michael “Sugar Daddy” Bernardino on the TV series “Popular” from 1999 to 2001, recalled, “Ron Lester was the sweetest, huggiest, kindest boy in the world…we will miss you ‘Sugar Daddy’!”

Added fellow “Popular” costar Carly Pope, “Heartache. For all who knew his bold and bright light, we are ever lucky. Shine on in peace, Star.”

Christopher Gorham, who played Harrison John on “Popular,” offered, “Rest in peace, old friend. I’m glad I knew you. Heartbroken for his fiancé, family and friends. #BigSugar #BigHeart.”

“Varsity Blues” director Brian Robbins remembered Lester as “the sweetest guy in the world.”

“So sad to hear the news about Ron Lester. He was the sweetest guy in the world. #RIPRonLester,” Robbins tweeted.

James Van Der Beek described him as “giving” and “rare,”  and recalled how committed Lester was on the “Varsity Blues” set.

“Popular” star Sara Rue said that she was “deeply saddened” by Lester’s death.

“So deeply saddened to hear this,” Rue wrote. “He was such a kind soul. My heart breaks for his family.”

Lester died Friday of heart and liver failure, after being moved from a Dallas hospital to hospice care earlier in the day. He had long struggled with obesity and had been hospitalized for issues related to his kidney and liver for several months.

Read below for more tributes to Ron Lester.