Cole Ryder Is Dead

Posted July 31, 2008 2:57 AM by with 32 comments


Disturbing news that we’ve lost another gay porn star. Although details are sketchy at this point, former Rascal Exclusive Cole Ryder died of a staph infection in his sleep Update: Cause of death remains unknown, is pending results of an autopsy.

One of the first of a crop of more-masculine and hairy studio exclusives, Cole was signed by Rascal in 2006, where he went on to appear in Link: The Evolution, When Bears Attack, and others. He appeared on the cover of the October 2006 issue of Unzipped and the cover of Leather Sessions.


Channel 1 also released the Cole Ryder Cock, a dildo molded off him. After Rascal, he appeared in Cruising Ground for Mustang.

Update: Fleshbot notes that Cole’s Myspace profile update from reads: COLE RYDER has left the building.

Update: Chi Chi LaRue sent over the following statement:

Cole Ryder was a beautiful person on the inside and the outside! He had such a great manly appeal and the heart of a gentle giant. Cole was always such a pleasure to work with and I’m deeply saddened by his passing. I can only wish now that he is in peace and he will always have a special place in my heart and the C1R Family.

Cole Ryder Gay Porn Star

32 responses to Cole Ryder Is Dead

  1. July 31st, 2008 at 5:34 AM

    So truly sad to hear of this. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.



  2. Anonymous July 31st, 2008 at 6:46 AM

    Cole Ryder was one of the hottest guys around. May he RIP.


  3. Dutch July 31st, 2008 at 7:39 AM

    Damn, what a loss. He was my kind of man


  4. Wolf Hudson July 31st, 2008 at 8:03 AM

    I can’t believe this has happened. We are loosing to many good people i this industry. I was a sweet guy and very kind to me in the short time I’ve known him. My condolences goes out to his loved ones. :(


  5. T Bird July 31st, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    I thought that Cole was one of the hottest guys to ever arrive on the scene. In the unzipped article they interviewed him and he came off as so down to earth with a heart of gold just a cool sounding guy. Looking at him in pictures and in his movies he no doubt had a great looking hot and hairy body, and such a hot ass and cock. He was just getting his feet wet in the business movie title wise before this happened.
    Another loss in the gay porn world…taken way way before his time.


  6. JPH July 31st, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    shit…i just read about this on towleroad. i spent a good amount of time with mike, and he had a heart of gold. R.I.P. buddy.


  7. Paul July 31st, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    What is the life expectancy for a gay porn star these days? Not much, if we are to go by the numerous early deaths reported on this site (almost as low as WWE stars). I don’t know what’s sadder — the pornstars dying or people not batting an eyelash and accepting this as par for the course.


  8. Wolfgang Bang July 31st, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    I just worked with Cole on two films and he was the warmest, sweetest and most professional performer I knew. We all miss him terribly. His last two films with us, Fisting Ranch Hands and In The Zone will be released in his memory this fall. R.I.P.


  9. Jackson July 31st, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    I knew “Cole” for over 10 years giving me the opportunity to know both the Pre and Post “Cole Ryder” Persona and throughout our friendship remained a true, kind and generous person(demonstrated by his love and devotion for his 1 true love Peanut).

    “Cole” will always hold a very special place in my heart. It will be impossible to replace such an incredible human being.

    All my Love,



  10. Nice July 31st, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Its very touching how sweet the comments are versus Queerty. GayPornBlog readers are a cut above, just like the site.


  11. RobRomoni July 31st, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Its very sad to hear of COLE’S passing I just recent ran into him, and as always Cole had that million dollar smile on.
    I will miss you COLE.

    We lost another good one.



  12. FredK July 31st, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Why is the cause of death for gay porn stars always so fucking mysterious?


  13. Darren July 31st, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    I don’t even know what to say to this…this news is truly devastating.WOW


  14. Austrev August 1st, 2008 at 6:16 AM

    Very sad, Blessings & good thoughts to his family & friends. Our lives are very fragile things & sadly bad things can happen to young & apparently healthy people,It is not unusual for situations when people who pass suddenly, to take a while to reach an official & detailed verdict, so I would not read anything into that idea. Makes me want to tell my loved ones how & how much I feel for them,NOW- Take Care All.


  15. Greg August 1st, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    I recently discovered Cole Ryder and was instantly a fan of his, and to hear of is passing truly shocked me. From the articles I have read he sounded like a truly great person to know. He will be missed by many but not forgotten. God Bless You COLE!!


  16. William F. Proctor, II August 1st, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    On behalf of the many friends who were with Cole during his last days, and as one of the two people who held his hands as he passed, let me clarify that he did not die of a staph infection (nor did he die of a drug overdose or AIDS). He died peacefully and with dignity.

    His family and friends will be issuing a press release in the coming weeks with further details.

    In the meantime, please allow him and us a little dignity during the grieving process and cease posting rumors and speculations on his death. He was a beloved human being who made a big impact on everyone he touched. Please do not belittle his life by prurient speculation as to how he died. Please focus instead on how he lived — a man devoted to his family, friends and community.

    Thank you to all who posted similar sentiments.

    He was a wonderful, dear, sweet, kind man and not just a sexy body. His friends and family would appreciate it if everyone remembered him that way as well.

    Baby, you will be missed.

    Love always,
    Will, Bob and Mark


  17. Bob C. August 1st, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    My partner and I knew Cole well before his Cole Ryder days. He liked nothing more than a steak bbq with his friends, spending time with his dog, and sharing stories about his world travels. He was a gentle, wonderful old soul who always wanted to make the people around him feel special (and, while rarely shown in his work, had an infectious smile.) We’ve been in contact with his family, and appreciate the respectful tone of the posts to this blog.


  18. KG August 1st, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Rest in peace. Eating McDonald’s and laughing with you that cold night outside of the Faultline will always be in my memory. You were a sweet man and I wish it wasn’t over for you. I wish I could have saved you.


  19. Bob Conti August 2nd, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    A lot of Mike’s friends have expressed concern about Peanut, his dog and shining light in his life. Peanut joined our family when Mike was staying with us. He’s become a little brother to our two other dogs, a Bouvier de Flandres and Schnauzer. They make an interesting looking trio. Mike said shortly before he passed on that he hadn’t seen Peanut so happy and his tail so constantly wagging in a long time.


  20. Rafael August 4th, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    I read these comments over and over with a vague hope that someone would type “It was all a mistake, he is not dead”… What a loss! Mike was one of the sweetes men I knew. His muscles were a shield to cover the funny, loving guy he really was. I loved “Mikey”… If someone has his family’s contact, please drop me a line ( I have so many pictures about our trips together, I am sure they would love to have… Mikey, Rest in Peace! I am sad for leaving so soon…


  21. Bernie August 5th, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Rest in peace Cole Ryder. Obviously you touched many hearts deeply and may you be in a blessed place.
    What can the cause of death be if it’s so damn secretive it needs to be in a press statement? People are unnerved by gay porn stars sadly short lifespans!


  22. mike gustafson August 12th, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    I will miss corey, so badly, especially late at night, but for those of you that want the next best thing, call me for a good time, anytime day or night!
    or toll free


  23. SR August 12th, 2008 at 8:36 PM


    2121 Maine Avenue
    Long Beach, CA 90806
    Phone (213) 840-0330
    Fax (562) 218-6666
    Contact: William Proctor
    Phone: (213) 840-0330

    Press Release

    Contact: William Proctor
    Phone: (213) 840-0330

    9 A.M. EDT, August 8, 2008

    LONG BEACH, CA, JULY 30, 2008:

    Cole Ryder passed away of natural causes at his home in Long Beach, California, shortly past 8 am on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008, at the age of 36. Cole passed peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by friends.

    Cole was signed as an exclusive to Rascal Video in 2006 starting the trend of more masculine, rugged studio exclusives. His career was short, but prolific. He appeared in nine films over the course of two years, with two films still in post production.

    Cole touched many people’s lives personally and professionally. He was always the first to greet anyone with a big smile and warm embrace. He listened and spoke with his heart.

    Cole was active and passionate about animals and HIV education, prevention and fundraising. In June, 2008, Cole was the Honorary Trail Guide for Saddle Up LA, a benefit fundraiser for The Life Group LA of which he was very proud to be a part.

    Cole would without a doubt appreciate a donation, large or small, to The Life Group LA ( with which he felt a close connection and affiliation. Funds donated in his name will launch a support program for emergency veterinary care for the pets of HIV+ men and woman.

    The coroner’s first impression is that the immediate cause of Cole’s death was congestive heart failure. Preliminary tissue studies showed Cole suffered from severe, hereditary, arteriosclerosis, a hardening of the blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack, stroke or aneurysm. Final autopsy results are pending.

    Family and friends wish to thank everyone for their sympathy and support.



  24. Ferry August 24th, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Rest n Peace Brother …

    Bali – Indonesia


  25. Mark September 21st, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Mike AKA “Cole Ryder” was an incredible man. I had the pleasure of hanging out with him. Such a gentle sensitive man. Very sad. I hope his dog that he loved so much finds a good home.


  26. Jordan December 15th, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    He will definitely be missd by his fans, including me. His dildo is THE BEST one i have EVER used, and trust me when I say, I have a broad collection.

    And, I’m pretty sure the autopsy’s done by now – and considering there’s no update on cause of death, I think it becomes staph infection by default.


  27. aru January 14th, 2009 at 4:25 AM

    i feel so sad about his leaving


  28. ORLY February 2nd, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Stay classy, Jordan.


  29. bill August 22nd, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    rip man you always got me hot


  30. bill August 22nd, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    rip man you always got me hot


  31. BroomHilda February 5th, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    He probably died of AIDS, but they don’t want to say.


  32. Henry February 16th, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    I seriously doubt that BroomHilda.


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