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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.

RIP.

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. People commit suicide because they think they have no alternatives; some people don't think life is worth living after they have lost a loved one. Simple as that.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 12, 2013 8:11:38 AM


  2. According to the blog of a personal friend, he killed himself shortly after the suicide of his husband, in the hotel where they had been married. Not meth, not metal illness (he didn't do drugs and rarely drank) but the tragic loss of a husband torn apart by years of immigration difficulties and lack of legal recognition of their marriage.

    To kill yourself after the loss of a spouse, such love and heartache...and the nasty bitches here can only assume meth and a "serves him right for doing porn" lemming mentality.... Pathetic.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 12, 2013 9:09:14 AM


  3. Folks, you need to read Wilfried's blog post to understand before commenting. This, as mentioned earlier, has EVERYTHING to do with DOMA and the twisted corporate homophobia of LULULEMON (which I've experienced first hand, similar to what Wilfried's partner did). READ his blog and get clarity on the story. This is a tragic ending for two people in love who tried everything they could to have a life together. Also, if your lady friend's buy/wear Lululemon yoga clothes, you might do yourself and the entire gay community a favor by alerting them to this story. Discourage them from shopping there. Here's the link to Wilfried's blog:
    http://wilfried-knight.net/?p=822

    Posted by: A.B. | Mar 12, 2013 10:20:33 AM


  4. What some people around here apparently aren't aware of is that an internet forum uses news and articles as a springboard for conversation. Nothing is to be taken personally. Just as we choose to participate here, and get called names by the likes of Kiwi and Derrick, so any public figure chooses to expose himself to public opinion.

    And to the idiot who keeps repeating it: DOMA did not kill anyone. DOMA is administrative law and a bad one at that. It isn't not, however, fatal.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 12, 2013 10:37:46 AM


  5. I hate the speculation, but we need to stop idolizing these kinds of buffed up unhealthy bodies. Sure it's just a fantasy, but it spills out and leads non porn stars to want to obtain the same look -- often using dangerous means of getting there.

    Posted by: David | Mar 12, 2013 10:44:38 AM


  6. Someone please explain failure to me. I am pretty sure it is impossible to fail at life. How can anyone who attempts suicide be considered a weak failure? They made easily the hardest decision of their lives with conviction.

    You don't know why they did something, and they don't want you to know. Live with your loss.

    Posted by: Fensox | Mar 12, 2013 10:48:15 AM


  7. David, what you don't get is, that DOMA is literally both driving people out and keep people from living in the country they love, or aspire to live in. And when you're forced to move, to Canada or a London, you would think the discrimination ends in terms of legalized discrimination of your relationship. But it doesn't. On top of the every-day discrimination we face in society, and in this case, workplace discrimination.

    Then, the one person you have in your life by your side, who has been through all of the travails, through all the struggles with you, held your hand and the man you supported when he was down and needed love, the man who supported you, ends up committing suicide after being pushed beyond his breaking point. I'm glad most of the responses have been respectful but for you, David, and Lee, you don't seem to get it. You probably have no idea what living with a broken heart feels like.

    Suicide ain't an easy answer. You're killing yourself. That's not an easy place to get to. It's difficult which is why most suicide attempts do not result in an actual suicide, because most people truly do not want to kill themselves. When you truly want to and/or do kill yourself, then the trauma levels are clearly extremely high. It's a tragedy. Suicide isn't the best answer, but it's an understandable one. There is only so much a human being can take.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 12, 2013 11:03:24 AM


  8. David, what you don't get is, that DOMA is literally both driving people out and keep people from living in the country they love, or aspire to live in. And when you're forced to move, to Canada or a London, you would think the discrimination ends in terms of legalized discrimination of your relationship. But it doesn't. On top of the every-day discrimination we face in society, and in this case, workplace discrimination.

    Then, the one person you have in your life by your side, who has been through all of the travails, through all the struggles with you, held your hand and the man you supported when he was down and needed love, the man who supported you, ends up committing suicide after being pushed beyond his breaking point. I'm glad most of the responses have been respectful but for you, David, and Lee, you don't seem to get it. You probably have no idea what living with a broken heart feels like.

    Suicide ain't an easy answer. You're killing yourself. That's not an easy place to get to. It's difficult which is why most suicide attempts do not result in an actual suicide, because most people truly do not want to kill themselves. When you truly want to and/or do kill yourself, then the trauma levels are clearly extremely high. It's a tragedy. Suicide isn't the best answer, but it's an understandable one. There is only so much a human being can take.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 12, 2013 11:03:25 AM


  9. RIP. Handsome man, who based on what I read had a good and kind heart.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 12, 2013 11:15:17 AM


  10. "@ian 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.

    Posted by: lee | Mar 11, 2013 9:00:13 PM"

    Lee, your cruelty is astounding. You're worse than the homophobic bigots carrying "god hates fags" signs. How dare you lecture anyone about "productive[ity]". You seem to have a lot idol time to be posting your hate all over the internet. Get a job. Preferably one that doesn't require any interaction with decent humanity.


    Posted by: boone68 | Mar 12, 2013 11:27:19 AM


  11. Gee, Jerry, in that case, why don't you get lost?

    This is sad and I agree with Isaac. Someone who commits suicide is not "weak". They have a mental illness.

    Someone I know and loved very, very much committed suicide two years ago this April. There was not even a hint that such a thing might happen. But it did. It left us all in shock and wondering what did we miss? Where did we fail our friend?

    There are no answers. But, no one who commits suicide should ever be dismissed as "weak". Judging from some of the idiotic comments here, the only weak ones are those whose hearts cannot muster even an iota of compassion.

    Wilfried Knight, R.I.P.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 12, 2013 11:29:08 AM


  12. Lee, I have a funny feeling not many will be mourning your death-accident or not.

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 12, 2013 12:02:39 PM


  13. so many of you are quick to jump to conclusions about his chosen profession and the choice he made to take his life. If you do a little digging and find the real truth behind the story, you'll discover that his partner had recently committed suicide after losing his job in Canada, forcing them to move back to the US where their Canadian Marriage would not be recognized, and Knight, as a French National, would not be allowed to stay in the US. After being together for 9 years, I think this type of potential separation would lead to desperation and heartache. One partner takes his life, then Knight, losing everything since gay marriage is not recognized by your fricken country all assets go to the his partner's family and he gets nada. Its tragic, absolutely, regardless of Knight's past as a porn star. Him being one, has no bearing on this sad ending of what was likely a wonderful relationship, with problems only brought upon by the US Government's policy against equal rights for LGBT couples.

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | Mar 12, 2013 12:39:19 PM


  14. First of all, R.I.P. to Wilfried Knight. Never watched his film but he deserves respect because sex work is not dirty.

    However, I am APPALLED at this site. I checked the "deaths" tab and found not ONE mention of Erica Andrews' passing. Truly DISGUSTING how many of you so-called "gay men" basically ignore the passing of a transwoman/drag superstar but mourn like you lost a loved one over a muscle bound, clearly masculine man you didn't know either.

    Posted by: TheQueen | Mar 12, 2013 12:39:57 PM


  15. nothing but compassion for all who will be missing him.

    as for the snarky miserable comments....folks, let's be real: we're reading cowardly anonymous disses. by whom? folks who use porn as their ONLY (and gurl i mean ONLY) form of sexual release, who are now pretending some faux-moral "highroad"

    a man is dead. and trolls rejoice.
    everyone with a functioning heart extends only sympathy.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 12, 2013 12:50:16 PM


  16. To the Suicide Bashers:

    I'm not even surprised to see the amount of people deriding suicide victims to make themselves look stronger, smarter, more capable, and contrarily more compassionate.

    Not killing yourself for the sake of others is not what makes you compassionate. Actively tending to, and caring for others is what makes you compassionate. A care that is apparently lacking judging by your comments

    ...........

    Tragic that this individual life's ended so unnecessarily. (assuming suicide)

    Posted by: anony6 | Mar 12, 2013 12:54:18 PM


  17. Wilfried's partner of 7 years killed himself AND laid out pills and wine so Wilfried could follow. He didn't do so on the day he found his loved one dead, but still followed suit weeks later. This is not about Wilfried's work in porn, this is about the pain a gay couple felt that the world didn't seem to have a way for them to be together.

    Its sad they felt so hopeless just as we are starting to make the strides that will make marriage equality possible.

    Lets hope this doesn't spark similar tragedies.

    Posted by: fanboi | Mar 12, 2013 1:17:22 PM


  18. Lee: sure, there are some porn stars who are nasty people you wouldn't want to invite over for dinner -- just as there are some doctors, lawyers, mainstream actors, musicians, politicians, writers, veterinarians, sales clerks, chefs, bus drivers, winemakers, graphic designers and baristas who fit that description too. But there are just as many or more people in all of those occupations who are great people and deserve every bit as much love and respect as you or I do.

    One's occupation doesn't imply anything either way about one's worth as a human being, not even if that occupation is "porn star". So kindly take your sex-phobic attitudes and stow them.

    Posted by: Craig S | Mar 12, 2013 1:38:48 PM


  19. @Thequeen, it doesn't take much to appall you then. Try reading any comments for any story and that will get you something to be appalled about.

    If you actually want a story that you feel should be reported on, then I would, you know, EMAIL IT TO THE DAMN SITE. Andy can't be on top of everything.

    Posted by: Fensox | Mar 12, 2013 1:48:32 PM


  20. It would be nice once in a while to read some articles on Towleroad about porn performers who aren't dead.

    By focusing on this man's career, and jumping to report his death ahead of even knowing the cause, you've made the story a debate about his career, instead of what might have been a more interesting story about his long-term relationship, and the intensity of their bond.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 12, 2013 2:15:32 PM


  21. As a person who suffers from depression, I have to say I am so sick and tired of people saying that someone who commits suicide a weak minded person. I struggle everyday with thoughts of suicide, but don't go thinking I am not strong minded. It hurts day to day living in this world, but I fight to go on. Its hard to live in this world where there is such a stigma on mental illness. People like me and others have a hard time talking about it and trusting others because of how most people look at depression and other disorders.

    I feel bad for Wilfred and his family and friends. People need to wake up. If this had been a teen being bullied, people would feel bad, but because of what this man did for a living, he's not deserving of the same respect? When is the gay community going to really become a community and give equal respect to all members, no matter what. Its about time we start looking out for each other.

    Sorry if it was a lot of rambling. Just something that has been on my mind for a while.

    Posted by: ryan | Mar 12, 2013 2:40:17 PM


  22. @Lee, you sound like a very bitter person. Perhaps if you put someone's interest besides your own you'd have a better outlook on life. You evidently think that unless someone works in a line of work that's acceptable to you then they have no worth. Work in porn is "icky" and of course you've never watched porn so you wouldn't benefit them now would you? You really do sound like a heartless person.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Mar 12, 2013 3:05:59 PM


  23. Many porn stars seem to die early, and I wonder if it is caused by the extreme objectification in the industry, in which people don't have identity beyond the physical.
    But the queer mainstream have objectified each other forever, and they won't stop to consider what harm it might be doing.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Mar 12, 2013 3:41:44 PM


  24. "Porn is one of the few if not the only way kids, or guys sexually questioning/confused/struggling, can really see two guys have sex and make love and see what they connect with in a natural way."

    I'm sorry this man is dead, and that his partner committed suicide. May they rest in peace. But the above statement is ridiculous. Teenagers of all sexual orientations receive harmful and unhealthy perceptions about sex when they watch the vast majority of porn. Gay teens, unless they are watching the tamest Bel Ami offering, are ingesting images of barebacking, multiple partners, S&M, fisting, etc. presented as the sexual norm. Personally, I'd rather they grope around in the backseat of a car or in a friend's cellar figuring it out one awkward grope at a time, then get their sex ed from porn stars.

    Posted by: Arrant | Mar 12, 2013 3:45:28 PM


  25. I always find the comments on porn star deaths deplorable. For a group o men who argue that African Americans shouldn't discriminate against gays because they know what it's like to be discriminated against, so many gay men are quick to marginalize sex workers (and that marginalization contributes to less access to support services for those in need). We so often demand that the religious right stop subjecting us to their moral code, but we are quick to condemn those who don't follow our personal code.

    So few gay men are serious about equality. They don't care to eliminate hierarchies and end discrimination and marginalization. They only want to restructure the hierarchies so that we're no longer at the bottom and are so willing to condone discrimination as long as we're not on the receiving end.

    Posted by: John | Mar 12, 2013 3:53:24 PM


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