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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. Gay people are not allowed to have standards? Why?Because we're just a bunch of fagelas?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 11, 2013 10:33:08 PM

  2. Truly, some of your comments are insipid.

    Posted by: perry | Mar 11, 2013 10:41:45 PM

  3. I have no idea who this man was, but can't imagine dealing with the suicide of his partner like that. I don't think I could survive if my BF committed suicide.

    But it hasn't even been reported as a suicide in Knight's case, so who knows. And of course he was involved in an industry where drugs and substance abuse are a way of life, and substance abuse can make you very moody including suicidal. He was a human being , undoubtedly flawed like everyone , and unless he was evil and hurt others, he should be shown respect in his death.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 11, 2013 10:49:24 PM

  4. R I P. Wilfried,

    I enjoyed our "friendship" on Facebook, I loved your hiking posts, you and the beautiful dog you loved so much. I enjoyed your comments, of "real superstars", your wit, insight made my days better. Was happy for you in 2011 when you got first award. I find it funny people can be hateful towards you, without ever trying to know you. I feel really bad for your suffering you endured, I am glad your physical pain is over. You will truly be missed.

    Posted by: Billy Fryer | Mar 11, 2013 10:49:56 PM

  5. Perry, I think that most of these comments are actually complaints about the content and style on Towleroad being dated.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 11, 2013 10:53:07 PM

  6. Its so sad that a man like that dies! I m in tears right now! It doesnt matter he was in the gay industry... He tried to live free on the side of his husband. SAD SAD news! My sincerest condolences to his friends and loved ones! :( RIP Mr. Knight

    Posted by: KonG | Mar 11, 2013 11:15:18 PM

  7. I think suicide is a great idea. I applaud it every time. This life can be too hard and when it is you can put a stop to it. More power to anyone. What's more it leaves no scar behind on anyone unless they allow it to. Otherwise it is to be celebrated and very possibly learned from. I have thought about it from time to time my whole life when things look bad, I still think about it and, so far, stop thinking about it as soon as my basic joy floods back in.

    As a culture we are not very healthy about death. Complete acceptance of it - though not necessarily of its reasons or means of occurring - is healthy. Basically, I look forward to it, but not right now.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 11, 2013 11:20:29 PM

  8. Way to show that you're a judgmental ass Lee. You're not better than those people who think we're all sexual deviants who are after little boys!

    The other people here who just ASSUME they know why he died because of his profession sure don't have a problem exploiting what they think they know about these people. A lot of these people are very well spoken, educated individuals who happen to have a job that most of us wouldn't do thanks to shame of our bodies or what has been taught to us that it's wrong. Yet you'll jerk off to it any chance you can get!

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 11, 2013 11:55:58 PM

  9. The male-male porn industry chews them up and spits them out. I refuse to call it the gay porn industry because most of the men are bi, not gay.

    It's an industry of soulless pimps and prostitutes addicted to meth and steroids.

    Posted by: rise | Mar 12, 2013 12:01:13 AM

  10. This is devastating, it is beyond shameful, that because of what he
    did for a living, we judge,and ridicule this man. Not one posting I have seen
    so far, truly says that he was a human being, who quite possibly may have
    lost the only person who honestly loved him. I am completely aware of the
    business of sex, as most of us are, and no one enters that business without making sacrifices, even if they love sex more than some aspects of life. Whatever his personal history was, must have played a part in his decision to be in porn, but even if it wasn't, it takes a certain
    presence of mind, to know your boundaries,
    and the boundaries of others. Not so easy, when everyone wants you physically, and at the same time, will dispose of you like a used napkin.

    Posted by: iam007nyc | Mar 12, 2013 12:12:25 AM

  11. Poor Lee, the only thing which is weak,here, it's your intelligence... Read the blog of Wilfried Knight, if you can read...

    Posted by: Arnaud Duterre | Mar 12, 2013 12:49:28 AM

  12. That gay porn is a vitality important calling for gay people is most indelibly revealed in sad circumstances such as these. It reveals the seething homophobia which lurks in the priggish assimilationists' hearts.

    Whose fault was it that Wilfried Knight's marriage was not recognized in many places? Assimilationists do not want to think that there could possibly be anything wrong with straight people, their society, and their cultural values. No, the blame must go to our industry - anything to avoid confronting the wickedness of straight standards.

    Posted by: Lars Eighner | Mar 12, 2013 1:39:35 AM

  13. Having a loved one commit suicide ups the ante, is a risk factor, regardless of orientation/career. Where your love leaves, you are tempted to follow.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 12, 2013 1:44:05 AM

  14. The frustrating thing about suicide is that the people who would make the world a better place by offing themselves seldom do, Lee.

    Posted by: Jacknasty | Mar 12, 2013 1:48:43 AM

  15. DOMA killed them both.

    Posted by: FAEN | Mar 12, 2013 2:05:57 AM

  16. Just on the 'strong-minded' thing. Pepression has nothing to do with strength and there is no man, however strong, who can think his way through mental illness alone and unaided. The only difference is that, in societies that are healthier, less atomised and have a greater sense of equality and community, depressed and unbalanced people tend to kill themselves, rather than their families, colleagues and children: this is why the only negative social index that is higher in Sweden and Japan is suicide: everything else: murder, spousal abuse, random shootings, drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive promiscuity and mental illness, are higher in the USA. It's the strong men and women who kill themselves: the weak ones kill everybody else.

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 12, 2013 2:32:57 AM

  17. We have no evidence that this man killed himself and if he did: so what? Maybe he died of a broken heart. People didn't used to mock at that, or call the broken-hearted names. Suicide is not 'the easy way out': it is a profoundly difficult choice to make and a terrifying one, and the idea that it's weak or evil is simply a by-product of a thoughtless society. No man or woman of any mental and emoptional staure hasn't thought about it: they pros and cons of suicide: it is the foundation of all philosophy. Only cattle graze happily along thoughtless of death. Hamlet spent hours pondering why he shouldn't die by his own hand; the Romans defined nobility by the way they died; Socrates drank hemlock rather than compromise. There is nothing dirty or weak about taking your own life, though it is always very sad.

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 12, 2013 2:40:14 AM

  18. It would seem that the only group who take their own lives more than adult film actors are US military veterans.

    I don't see the whole 'weakness = suicide' link.

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 12, 2013 2:48:47 AM

  19. Judging most people's lives, particularly the lives of most people in the US and the rest of the developing world against the grotesque size of their carbon footprint and the Mount Everest of garbage they create each year (by the time an American baby is ONE YEAR OLD he will have created more garbage than an entire village of African kids do in twenty years), and the ocean of water they drink, and the absolutely NOTHING that they do in terms of useful work: creative work of real benefit to others, I sometimes think suicide it the ONLY option. The next best thing is NOT having kids at all, as Doug Stanhope once said: 'sodomy is eco-friendly and abortion is green'

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 12, 2013 3:04:18 AM

  20. You know, UFFDA, that might be the trolliest troll post that ever trolled.

    The German film industry during the Nazi era was UFA. That's my mnemonic to remember you. Encouraging suicide? How nice.

    Indeed I think that the main philosophical question facing every person is, "to be or not to be." But don't be fooled. There is life or there is nothing. No fat cherubs, no gold streets, no new age horsesh*t either. You are either alive in in the ONE life we get or you don't exist, a memory at best.

    And life has value for its own sake. The lowest forms of life will fight to continue. It's only Man who will give it up so easily. For glory, out of sadness, whatever. Our forebears didn't have that luxury. Life is really the only thing you have worth having. Not your house, not your car, not anything. Not your lover/husband. Trust in Jesus? Well, good luck with that. Because there is f*ck all we know except that we are here now and then we are gone.

    So don't waste it. For example by posting pro-suicide horsesh*it like UFFDA. So to him I'd say "You first, @sshole."

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 12, 2013 3:25:02 AM

  21. @ LEE :

    "these types of people....."

    You need to show more respect.
    And since when did we all become so judgmental about who is and is not "a productive member of society...."
    Your posts are just so off base as to be bad manner and oafish.
    He obviously had difficulties with the loss of his partner and the run up to that.
    It ill behoves us to write in trite and self righteous comments about another human's pain.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 12, 2013 3:35:59 AM

  22. Caliban, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 12, 2013 3:52:04 AM

  23. This is so sad...

    Those of you with the clarity to understand the under availability of mental health care to lower-income folks, like our bartenders, actors, students, sex workers etc. should learn about San Francisco's non-profit Queer LifeSpace...they are serving exactly this population.

    If you wish to take action to help prevent this kind of thing, I suggest you support this organization in the name of Wilfried or one of the other popular stars who've died in the past year here:

    Posted by: Brian J. | Mar 12, 2013 4:41:27 AM

  24. these comments on here make me ashamed to be a gay man. some of you guys are such insufferable, judgmental assholes.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 12, 2013 6:49:36 AM

  25. Gay porn is "making love"? Titles please

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Mar 12, 2013 7:06:56 AM

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