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Gay Adult Film Actor Wilfried Knight Has Died

Gay adult film actor Wilfried Knight has died, his friends in the business Matthew Rush and Chris Yosef confirmed this evening. Knight began his career as part of Lucas Entertainment and appeared in dozens of films.

KnightKnight's death, the details of which have not emerged, comes just weeks after his partner Jerry Enriquez committed suicide.

Knight wrote about Enriquez's death in a lengthy, emotional blog post dated March 3:

And i was in love, and so was my partner. He let me be who i wanted to be. He did not agree with everything i was but he let me be. He gave me the best 8, almost 9 years of my life. And this amazing guy committed suicide by hanging last week, after fighting for so long for us to stay together.


UPDATE: Falcon and Raging Stallion studios released a statement:

"Born in 1977 and growing up in Champagne, France, the 35-year-old actor appeared in over 10 Raging Stallion productions in the last four years. Originally an exclusive for Lucas Entertainment, Wilfried became the first-ever joint Lucas/ Raging Stallion exclusive. He was a consummate performer and a joy to have on set, which was why he was chosen to appear in the studio's major releases. He contributed to the success of the biggest industry hits from Raging Stallion, including Cowboys, Giants, Tales of the Arabian Nights and Focus/Refocus.

"His skills and talent didn't go unrecognized; he won the 2010 GayVN Award for Performer of the Year, and he took home the 2011 Grabby for Best Versatile Performer.  A man of stature, standing 6'2" and weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, Knight had a huge presence, a gracious air, and a caring disposition. His charm and humor did not go unnoticed. All of these traits are what made him a superstar of the industry.

"While the details of his death are not yet know, Knight recently lost his partner of nine years to suicide.

"Chris Ward, Falcon/Raging Stallion Studios President offered these sentiments about his friend: 'Wilfried's death is a blow to our studio and to our industry. There was no nicer man. We have all lost someone very special. I can only say that personally I am devastated. Wilfried was a friend and I shall miss him. All of us at Falcon and Raging Stallion Studios hope he is at peace, and our thoughts are with his family and friends. I know that his good friend and director, Tony Dimarco, is also greatly saddened by this tragic loss.'"

The studio also issued this collective expression of loss:

"We grieve deeply at the passing of Wilfried Knight. We offer our most genuine thoughts of sympathy and warm wishes to Wilfried's family, friends and loved ones. He was an extraordinary talent and a special man who brought joy to our hearts. Wilfried, we celebrate your life and your accomplishments, and hope that you rest in peace. You will be missed greatly."

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  1. Lee, Wilfried I'm sure has done more to bring enjoyment and bettered more lives than you have and that alone means he has bettered society. What are you doing to move society forward? I wonder what your normal troll name is.

    Jerry is right, and so is Chad (hey Chad, I usually see you in Queerty!). You would think a GAY blog would be devoid of continuous ignorance on gay men, but that certainly ain't the case. Oh well.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 11, 2013 9:18:24 PM

  2. Thank you Chad Hunt for your comments.

    Posted by: Mark Barnes | Mar 11, 2013 9:18:33 PM

  3. Lee, you are a judgemental ass. People appear in porn for various reason and those that do lead different lifestyles. The details of his death haven't even been released yet and while it would seem to be related to his lover's suicide that hasn't been announced. Even if suicide was the cause it could have nothing to do with his chosen work but more to sorrow. Perhaps appearing in pornography is not as productive as other professions but obviously there are many people who get pleasure from it or it wouldn't be so prevalent. As long as it is safely produced, I certainly don't advocate barebacking, and between consenting adults there is nothing wrong with it and only small minded, discriminatory people such as you would find it so.

    You last statement is revolting in it's callousness, the man wasn't a murderer just another human being.

    Posted by: joel | Mar 11, 2013 9:25:01 PM

  4. Lee - What is it you offer the world - your strong mind? Who gets the benefit and how?

    Posted by: Markt | Mar 11, 2013 9:27:03 PM

  5. Lee - What is it you offer the world - your strong mind? Who gets the benefit and how?

    Posted by: Markt | Mar 11, 2013 9:27:04 PM

  6. I'm totally not shocked that a comment section on Towleroad about someone's death has descended into a Island of Misfit Toys residents convention. SMH.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 11, 2013 9:27:36 PM

  7. Under any circumstances, the death of a well-known gay performer (whether in the porn industry or otherwise) is absolutely the kind of news that I, a daily reader, would hope to see on Towleroad. And kudos to Gerry, Ian, Jimmi, Kevin Dorvil, JohnD and the others who defended Mr. Knight against the negative comments.

    Posted by: RG | Mar 11, 2013 9:36:35 PM

  8. After reading the blog post that Wilfried Knight made about his husband's suicide, some of these comments seem incredibly stupid.

    For those who want to judge Wilfried Knight, he supplied a little bio on that blog, he had a law degree, and did not abuse alcohol or drugs. And even if he did those things, he was still a human being.

    The reasons behind Knight's husband's suicide are incredibly sad, and highlight one of the reasons why marriage equality is needed.

    Posted by: Cadence | Mar 11, 2013 9:40:42 PM

  9. Most people, including most gay men, leave absolutely no impact on society nor make any impressions of cultural significance. I suppose it's okay for them to commit suicide since they are not "productive". Some of you really need to look in the mirror. and "no", commenting on a blog does not make you a "writer". barf

    Posted by: Whatever | Mar 11, 2013 9:42:33 PM

  10. The man lost his husband, his life's partner and chose to leave as well because the pain was too great. It was his call and has no moral ramifications whatever. They are now together again in my view, truly living happily ever after. Good good good for them.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 11, 2013 9:46:38 PM

  11. name one thing other than helping creepy old men get off that this over glorified prostitute did for humanity? go ahead I'll wait.

    Posted by: lee | Mar 11, 2013 9:48:29 PM

  12. For those of you so quick to judge someone without actually being in their shoes, why don't you read this before opening your mouths:

    I am beyond sickened by some of the comments made here. Regardless of what you may think of someone's choices in life, a human being has died. Doesn't that alone earn him some respect? And if you truly don't care about this story, why do you have to take the time to make a negative comment about it? Why not just move on to the next article and see what Justin Bieber's up to today? While WIlfred may not have mattered to you, he had a positive impact in others' lives and deserves respect for what he has gone through. Wilfred could be viewed as a face of those affected by DOMA. People need to know how hard it is to be separated from the ones they love and for some people, that separation can lead to tragedy.

    I was fortunate to have met WIlfred once and he was a wonderful person. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. R.I.P. WIlfred.

    Posted by: Chad Hunt | Mar 11, 2013 9:49:42 PM

  13. It must be fabulous to be like some of you here, SO superior to everyone else. Oh, you grew up in the South and didn't kill yourself?! Oh, may we touch the hem of your robe, oh great one?

    I grew up in the South too. I still live in the South in a small conservative town, hold my head high, and am still alive. That doesn't make me Grand High Poobah of Upper B*ttcrack, to quote Dolores Claiborne.

    At some time, apparently in the past FWIW, this man had sex on film. It isn't a choice I would have made, but it was his. Some of you may have seen his videos- I haven't. He wasn't a drug addict, on meth or anything else.

    Thanks to DOMA he and his partner, who had been together for many years, moved to Canada because it was the only way for them to be together. His partner lost his job and at 46 years old could not find a job though he tried. (The specifics of why he lost his job are beside the point but may have been very unfair.) It was likely this would force a move, which would have split them up.

    Wilfried Chevalier's (his real name) partner hanged himself, and it seems that Wilfried was the one who found him. His partner also left a bottle of wine and sleeping pills so that Wilfried could follow him. (This is all in the account at the link.)

    Now think about that for a moment. I think it was both cruel and wrong for his partner to leave means of suicide behind as if expecting him to follow. It would certainly do a number on anyone's head, put thoughts there that may not have otherwise occurred. He was grieving. He lost someone he loved dearly. He felt victimized by laws and nations.

    He killed himself. I *DON'T*, I won't, make any excuses for that. It's a shame that both he and his partner didn't get the help they needed, legally and personally, in order to keep going, but I don't believe that suicide is the answer except in VERY limited circumstances such as terminal illness. But Wilfried Chevalier didn't kill himself because he did a few porn flicks or was a "whore"? (I'd love to know the true sexual histories of some who posted that. ALL of it, not just the parts you admit.)

    He killed himself because he was in emotional pain due to the loss of his partner and couldn't see past that. I don't know what the f*ck some of you are thinking that you can do a superiority dance on someone's grave. How proud you all must be of yourselves.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 11, 2013 9:49:58 PM

  14. My apologies, that last post made by Chad Hunt was actually by me, his partner. That's what I get for posting from his laptop.

    Posted by: Keith Clardy | Mar 11, 2013 9:54:29 PM

  15. Would you only show concern if he were "bullied?" That goes for legitimate suicide these days. One day all of you might find yourself at that place. "Too weak to control his emotions?" At least he had them, unlike today's no heart, no soul -- poor excuses for the gay majority.

    Posted by: GB | Mar 11, 2013 9:57:18 PM

  16. Anyone who has posted a negative comment is one of the lowest forms of human being I can think of. What makes it worse is that there has been no report of cause. What if he died of a heart condition? All I have is compassion for anyone touched by this tragedy (whether it be because of suicide or otherwise - the cause is irrelevant). His line of work is not important. I would definitely hang out with a porn worker over a banker or doctor any day!

    Posted by: Marco Lius | Mar 11, 2013 10:02:13 PM

  17. Lee. For christs sake show some respect. A human being just died. You sound like an absolute total creep. Did you have a bad day or are you always this loathsome?

    Posted by: Nick Name | Mar 11, 2013 10:04:14 PM

  18. Lee - I'd wager that Wilfred has made more of a contribution to society by just being alive than a deplorable human being such as yourself could ever hope to achieve in a multitude of lifetimes.

    Run along now. I think I hear a few, "Billy Goats Gruff", clip clop, clip clopping over your bridge.

    Posted by: Chad Hunt | Mar 11, 2013 10:08:37 PM

  19. Whatever happened (which we don't know as of yet), a man died. It's sad and we should take a moment.

    Posted by: Felix | Mar 11, 2013 10:10:59 PM

  20. DOMA claims two more lives. Are you happy now, Christians?

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Mar 11, 2013 10:11:47 PM

  21. As if Lee knows what love is. Sociopathy is his only real attribute.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Mar 11, 2013 10:15:35 PM

  22. Lee, Lee, could have a debate about porn stars' effect on society and moving it forward. There is something about the objectification of the gay male body and gay sex that has encouraged many a closeted gay man to explore his truth. The sexual "debauchery" these men express on film (which I'm sure you no doubt have gotten off to yourself) have in many ways HELPED the gay rights movement as much as any self-hating, prudish, heteronormative gay man would claim they've hurt it. (Pornography outgrosses all other entertainment industries, and academic essays abound on the politics of porn.)

    "we should celebrate the lives of actual productive members of society like actors, doctors, novelists, and political leaders not a whore. if that's your only talent in life then an ambiguous death is rightly deserved."

    Actors who spend their time attending parties, getting photographed for tabloids, and flirting with death by drug and alcohol abuse? Doctors who turn away the sick and uninsured in favor of treating wealthy clientele, who decide to go into lucrative practices rather than practices where their passions lie, who have copped to charging membership fees but for their patients but still swindle the equally corrupt insurance companies out of millions because it's the only way to get ahead, or who have turned off their empathy because that doesn't pay for Caribbean vacations? Novelists who escape to the page because they can't function in society with others and therefore the pressure to produce something brilliant while keeping a handle on mental illness pushes them to suicide? Political leaders who vote against their conscience because they want their elected position to offer job security more than they want to effect change, who won't speak out against wrongdoing because they're scared of suffering party backlash, who allow themselves to be wined and dined by lobbyists, and who practice what would be considered insider trading in any other industry but because they're in Congress they can get away with it and capitalize on information that they know may hurt their constituents?

    There is good and bad everywhere and in every industry. Yes, even porn. There are good people in porn -- honest, caring, loving people. Furthermore, there is good and bad in each and every one of us.

    Wilfried Knight was well-known in the gay community for obvious reasons. On top of that, he had some very educated opinions (he was educated), and he was able to write in lucid, complete sentences. Working in porn does not make one less intelligent, less thoughtful, less caring, less of a productive member of society. And, it certainly doesn't make one hurt less when suffering loss. His death, it seems, follows a very painful personal loss that was at least informed by prejudiced politics asserting power over a minority group.

    Open your mind. Open your heart.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 11, 2013 10:17:06 PM

  23. Mental health is not a porn star issue. It is not a gay man's issue. It is an every person issue. The same with drug use. There have been no correlational or causational studies to confirm is gay porn stars are more likely to use drugs or have mental health issues like the rest of society. So I say to the first and third commentators STFU. Details behind his death have not been revealed @BillyCrystal, nor does your summation @Lee hold up to the smell test. All of you talking about drugs/suicide/mental health issues are making assumptions none of you can make. F**k you and the high horses you rode in on.

    Posted by: CD | Mar 11, 2013 10:20:56 PM

  24. What a sad thing to happen. In the big picture isn't suicide a thing that happens everywhere in all professions? I hope that generalizing that it happens more to Pornography Actors is way out of proportion. The sadness one must feel to do such an act is heartbreaking. May Mr. Knight rest in peace.

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 11, 2013 10:25:44 PM

  25. Gee Mr Lee you never felt depressed or lonely in your life?! Suicide may not seem like a rational act but for some poor souls this is only way out of their misery- let's show some compassion. Porn actors are not lesser human beings because of the way they choose to make a living. May he rest in peace.

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 11, 2013 10:27:16 PM

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