Pornstar Erik Rhodes dies at age 30

erik rhodesMonica Foster commentary: This is really sad…the young man had barely begun to live his life. Goes to show that nowadays the lifestyle of the Los Angeles porn industry is nothing more than a death sentence and/or lifetime of fighting demons.   

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Popular porn star Erick Rhodes, a muscle-bound jock known for his herculean work with Falcon, Mustang and Raging Stallion studios, died in his sleep early today, according to various news sources. He was 30.

Avn.com reported that Rhodes died at 5:30 am Thursday, June 14, in New York and that the cause of death was a heart attack.

“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,” Falcon Studios said in a statement.

“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.”

Rhodes, a native of Long Island, N.Y., was born on Feb. 8, 1982. He signed an exclusive deal with Falcon at age 22. During his eight-year career, he acted in dozens of adult films and directed eight movies for Mustang Studios.

His filmography includes: “Super Soaked,” “Beefcake,” Fleet Week” and “Afterparty.” He won Grabby Awards as Best Versatile Performer in 2008 and tied Jason Ridge for Best Actor in 2008.

Frontiers LA reported that Rhodes appeared to be in a very dark place after reading his blog “Erik Rhodes: A Romance With Misery” in which he candidly talked about using drugs and steroids:

“I’m waiting until i pop. Or my liver to fails… which every comes first.”

Rhodes’ blog revealed a troubled young man facing the ultimate struggle with depression and drugs, among other factors.

Papermag.com wrote this about Rhodes’ death:

We at PAPER were incredibly saddened to learn of the death of our friend, adult-film star Erik Rhodes, who apparently died in his sleep last night. The 30-year-old Long Island-native was a truly hilarious and larger-than-life character as well-known for his wicked sense of humor as he was for his enormous muscles. Rhodes was a legend in the gay adult film world. His fame transcended porn and he did mainstream modeling (famously appearing in an ad for Loehman’s department store) and sat front row at the Marc Jacobs fashion show. He was a regular in the pages of PAPER magazine and on PAPERMAG.com, and we’ll cherish his hilarious stories that didn’t make it to print — including the one of him losing his virginity at a Mexican restaurant in a strip mall and being served a burrito lunch on the set of his adult film debut. He was a true New York character and we’ll miss him like crazy.

Rhodes’ untimely death appeared to shake up the adult film world.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Erik Rhodes this morning. Erik died of a heart attack in his sleep,” tweeted Adam Q. Robinson, Falcon vice president of production. “Erik has been an amazing friend & part of the Falcon family for 8 years, a man of steel on the outside but all teddy bear on the inside.”

 

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