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Gay Adult Film Star Erik Rhodes Dead At 30


People within the porn industry and beyond are today mourning the death of 30-year old adult film star Erik Rhodes. Rhodes, known for flexing his enormous muscles for Falcon and then Raging Stallion studios, died of a heart attack that appears to have been caused by his regular steroid use.

According to FrontiersLA, Rhodes was in a dark place before his death, and posted the following message on his Tumblr:


Fans and friends are remembering Rhodes less for his private life and more for his public persona. "[We] were incredibly saddened to learn of the death of our friend, adult-film star Erik Rhodes," wrote PAPER magazine's Mickey Boardman. "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."

Porn blogger Jason Sechrest said that if Rhodes had a heart attack "it was because his heart was just too damned big." "He saw every person as being far better than he and was gracious to every fan who approached him in a bar, at the airport or on the street," Sechrest wrote on his (work-unfriendly) website.

Falcon Studios also praised Rhodes' sparking personality, writing in a statement, "[Erik] 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…"

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  1. addict. 12 steps required. Not wanted?

    Posted by: ted baldwin | Jun 21, 2012 5:09:39 PM

  2. He looks like a crystal meth sex dream. May he rest in peace.

    Posted by: Greg | Jul 17, 2012 2:04:24 AM

  3. He really did not want to live, according to his blog, so I guess now this is the moment that he has been waiting for. I'm not trying to be rude, but he was clearly very unhappy and from the sound of those blogs, he would have welcomed death if it had come earlier.

    Posted by: inevertell | Jul 22, 2012 9:20:39 PM

  4. Seems his brother is picking up where he left off

    Posted by: so...sad | Sep 18, 2012 1:52:51 PM

  5. Just can NOT feel sympathy, pity, or ANYTHING for this guy. Perhaps he'll find that life IS about loving yourself, and others; AND having REAL self-confidence!

    Posted by: DavidW | Nov 9, 2012 9:14:58 AM

  6. There goes a handsome fellow. R.I.P. Eric

    Posted by: nszane | Nov 12, 2012 3:44:28 AM

  7. So, I just watched an Erik Rhodes porn the other day and it was so hot that I decided to see if I could find more information about him and this is what I get. Can I still jack off while watching his videos knowing that he's dead? Probably, but I don't want to get too much into some kinky death fetish. Or maybe I do. Whatever.

    Rest in peace, Erik Rhodes! I would still watch you and jack off even if you didn't have all those muscles.

    Posted by: Brent | Nov 15, 2012 12:42:40 PM

  8. pity . . . with all those steroids . . . and he still didn't have very good arms.

    Posted by: goodogcarl | Nov 27, 2012 2:27:26 PM

  9. How very sad. R I P ... you will be missed.

    Posted by: Bobel | Dec 27, 2012 11:17:27 AM

  10. I knew Eric when he was 20 and just starting out in the porn industry. He was working as a stripper at the time. While he was a genuinely nice, wonderful and giving person, even then he had his share of demons and was a very conflicted person. He was a great friend, but even then it was hard to be around him for long, because so much of his behavior was self destructive. I do miss him though.

    Posted by: Peter Hall | Dec 27, 2012 12:48:57 PM

  11. yes he seemed to be quite kind and when on the out q show with derek hartley...he stated that he hated when baby carriages got in his way..and wanted kick them over..what a sweet guy.....

    Posted by: jake | Dec 31, 2012 3:47:49 PM

  12. Beautiful man on the outside. Just too damn bad he did not feel that way on the inside. And from the comments it also does sound like he had a great personality.

    Posted by: Ed | Jan 4, 2013 6:17:39 PM

  13. Beautiful man on the outside. Just too damn bad he did not feel that way on the inside. And from the comments it also does sound like he had a great personality.

    Posted by: Ed | Jan 4, 2013 6:17:41 PM

  14. It's like taking a brand new Mercedes and crashing it into a wall.

    Posted by: mike ramon | Jan 7, 2013 9:03:17 AM

  15. Thankfully the pendulum appears to be swinging back towards more natural bodies. To which the grand dames of beach junkies, Dolce and Gabanna say "Amen!"

    Speaking of which, shy doesn't Kiwi ever call Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein self-hating for their worship of all things WASP?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 6, 2013 2:07:36 PM

  16. I'm doing research on James for something I'm writing and I have to admit, even doing my best to be as open as I can to differing viewpoints, I am stunned by to brutal nature of the attacks on him and his life. 

    His 2 blogs ring through out with the tolls of deep pain complicated by obvious mental health issues. Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol or hyper-sexual behavior are well know hallmarks of bi-polar disorder, for example. When added to a poisonous combination of youth, beauty, fame and his work, it's a toxic brew few could hold up under. 

    The blog posts that cry for help, yet refuse it are the digital age version of sitting on the shrink's couch talking about suicide. The shrink, friends, family, or lovers can only do so much until someone involuntary commits you as a hazard. The hospital can stabilize you but at a certain point you get out. 

    The steroids only made things worse. When your looks are the coin of the realm in the kingdom you live in, you either stay beautiful to hold on to the benefits that come with it (fame & fortune) or get out. 

    Getting out means giving up everything that makes you feel good about yourself, and perhaps the only thing, since he started in the business at 22, no matter how bad they are for you. 

    No matter which way you feel about steroid use, the documented and verified effects include both rage and deep depression. Combine that with mental health issues. Well, you do the math. 

    What I see here and hundreds of other places in print, web, video etc is a glaring lack of mercy for someone's troubled life. He cried for help, yet did not take it. He took instead the drugs that kept him trapped in the body that became his jail. These are not unforgivable sins. 

    I remember sitting in the 20th doctor's office having once more sung my sad song of attempted suicide, drug use, acting out and soul crushing depression where my toughest decision was to go to work or kill myself. I'd go to work and say "I can always kill myself tomorrow." 

    The doctor was making some sort of list and said at the end "I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you aren't depressed or crazy. The bad news is you are bipolar. You can never take any recreational drugs ever again. You will have to be on meds the rest of your life. You are going to miss out on the manic highs, but you escape the crushing lows.and you need intense therapy to deal with the rest of your life when you get stabilized. 

    It was like a cancer disgnosis, but worse. When you have cancer, everyone wants to hug you. When you are ass-out crazy, nobody wants to touch you. 

    He summed it up with a single fact that brought the only note of hope into the conversation. "You are one of the strongest patients I've had with this diagnosis. 90% of the people with this disorder are either dead or in jail at your age" This was supposed to make me feel better how? 

    I was lucky. I was not rich or famous or beautiful, and could trust that the people around me who said they loved me had no ulterior motives. These, the diagnosis, the meds and the people were links in a chain that saved my life. Take any of them away and I would have died. 

    When James cried out for help, he had but one. His twin brother Jon loved him unconditionally. Without the other two, it was only a matter of time. 

    In the end this is the sad tale of the downfall of the beautiful prince with a tragic flaw. That story deserves both your sympathy and mercy. 

    Posted by: Buzz | Jun 18, 2014 8:55:13 AM

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