Ben Best dead – Eastbound & Down creator dies day before his 47th birthday as Seth Rogan & stars pay tribute

ACTOR and screenwriter Ben Best has tragically passed away just one day before his 47th birthday.

It was announced that the co-creator of the renowned comedy series Eastbound & Down had died on Sunday.

The show's production company, Rough House Pictures, shared the sad news in a poignant Instagram post.

"It’s with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our good buddy Ben Best.

"We lost him the day before he would have turned 47.

"A hell of a friend and a creative force. Charming and hilarious.

"Gone way too soon. We love and miss you."

The company is run by long-time pals and frequent collaborators, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Jody Hill.

Best met McBride and Hill at the UNC School of the Arts in North Carolina before later going on to star alongside his friends on the big screen.

The trio worked on The Foot Fist Way together in 2008, where Best played Chuck "The Truck" Wallace.

The 46-year-old then co-created and wrote numerous episodes of the HBO series Eastbound & Down, which ran from 2009 to 2013.

Seth Rogen led the tributes to the late star, dubbing him a "genius."

"RIP Ben Best. I remember seeing him as Chuck The Truck in Foot Fist Way and thinking 'I have to work with this man.'

"I’m honored I got work with him, and even more so and that I got to hang out with him and just be in his company," he wrote in a tweet.

“Watch Foot Fist Way today and bask in his genius."

The pair joined forces to work on Superbad and Observe and Report.

Comedian Tony Cavalero, who played Dewey Finn in the Nickelodeon’s School of Rock, said: "So sorry to hear. Praying for his family and friends."

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