GOODBYE, ERIK RHODES: Porn Star Ends His Flirtation With Death

By: Daniel Villarreal
6.14.2012

UPDATE (6/15/12): Falcon studios, where Erik Rhodes worked for eight years, released a statement about the star's passing. It confirms that the porn performer died of a heart attack at 5:30am Thursday morning. The statement continues as follows:

“It is with utmost sadness that we make the announcement of Erik Rhodes’ passing.  We offer our condolences to Erik’s family, friends and loved ones.  He was a genuine and caring man with extraordinary attractiveness and a massive muscled frame. Erik was an equally beautiful human being who lit up a room, and brought fun and joy to our studio and his fans that was unparalleled. He was a giving person with a special wit, and he put his all into every performance.  He wanted to give his fans the best he could every single time he stepped in front of the camera.  Rest in peace, Erik and know that we are celebrating your life and your achievements, but we will miss you and all the special moments you have given us forever.”

Born in Long Island, New York in 1982, Erik recently celebrated his 30th birthday. Rhodes began his career with Falcon by signing as an Exclusive in September of 2004 at the age of 22, shooting only one scene prior to joining the Falcon team, and he had remained an exclusive ever since.  Erik also directed eight Mustang Studios titles during his career.  He recently began shooting with Raging Stallion Studios after it merged with Falcon in early 2011.  His videography includes over 40 scenes filmed over the last 8 years.

(6/14/12) According to a tweet left on his Twitter page, long-time porn star Erik Rhodes died at 5:30am this morning. The message read:

"Erik Rhodes has left us this morning at 5.30am his family and boyfriend Riccardo are in deep pain, please respect this sad moment"

Other Twitter commenters have begun paying their respects to the porn actor.

In 2009, the gay porn blog QueerClick (NSFW) noted the depressed tone of Rhode's blog which included songs like, "Stop Crying Your Heart Out," "The Noise Inside My Head," "I Don't Care," "Never Win" and "Something Is Not Right With Me."

The last post on his Tumblr (named "A Romance With Misery") gave advice on how to effectively take steroids. Throughout his career Rhodes was very open about his drug and alcohol addictions.

In commemoration, here's a few mostly-SFW pics of the beloved star, may he rest in peace.

Also, be sure to check out Brett Edward Stout's Op-Ed, Erik Rhodes and the Big Picture posted on Advocate.com.

 

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