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Actor Stephen Furst died June 16, 2017 from complications due to diabetes according to his son Nathan Furst. “Over the last several years it was getting worse a little bit. Sort of the typical things that tend to happen when you have diabetes a long time.”

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My first memories of Stephen Furst were in the movie Animal House where he played to lovable loser Flounder. He had an infectious smile and an off-beat charm that he brought to the role.

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Although I was a kid when the show originally aired, I do remember seeing him on episodes of St. Elsewhere. My mom was a huge fan of the show and watched it whenever it aired. (I’m sure a lot of it had to do with Denzel Washington). Furst was also funny and charming on that series as well and brought some levity to the seriousness of the drama.

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Most of my memories of Stephen Furst are from his five years as Vir Cotto on the television series Babylon 5. I was a fan of his everyman character from the beginning. He personified on the show a person trying to be good in a world of moral compromise. The Centauri was never the hero of the series, but he also played a significant role in the events that he found himself in. All of that was conveyed in Stephen Furst’s performance. He will be missed.

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