RIP ERIK RHODES (1982-2012)
Incredibly sad news comes today that Erik Rhodes died early this morning of a heart attack in his sleep. James was one of the sweetest, funniest people and best-loved people in the industry. He was also the most brutally honest. Our thoughts are with his family, porn and otherwise and his boyfriend Riccardo. He was 30.
Falcon, the studio for which he was an exclusive for almost the entirety of his career released the following statement:
“It is with utmost sadness that we make the announcement of Erik Rhodes’ passing. We offer our condolences to Erik’s family, friends and loved ones. He 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, and he put his all into every performance. He wanted to give his fans the best he could every single time he stepped in front of the camera. Rest in peace, Erik and know that we are celebrating your life and your achievements, but we will miss you and all the special moments you have given us forever.”
Erik began as a Falcon Exclusive in 2004, and went on to become one of the biggest stars of the decade. He later went on to become a successful director, shooting eight movies for the studio.
Adam Q. Robinson, the VP of production who worked with Erik from the beginning of the careers writes, “He projected a man of steel on the outside, but he was as sweet as a teddy bear on the inside. He’s been a close friend for the past 8 years and will be deeply missed.”
We’ll update the page with tributes and more information as the day progresses.