6/17/2016 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ron Lester — the lovable heavyset man in “Varsity Blues” — has died … TMZ has learned.
The man famously known for playing Billy Bob in the 1999 football flick had been hospitalized in Dallas for roughly four months. His health had been in a steady decline but turned for the worst Friday.
We’re told Lester requested to be taken off life support and passed around 9 PM central time. His fiancée was by his side.
Lester — who also appeared in “Not Another Teen Movie” and “CSI: NY” — battled with liver issues as far back as November. We’re also told he suffered from kidney problems.
He was 45.