Falcon Studios has confirmed the devastating news that Erik Rhodes has died. He passed at 5:30 AM this morning, and the cause of death is being ruled a heart attack. Rhodes was 30 years old.
There are very few who were more kind, more genuine, more self-deprecating, and more real than Erik Rhodes. Rhodes’ reputation and his much publicized personal drama—which he put on full display on his various blogs over the years—belied the sweet, funny, and down-to-earth man people had come to know, love, and call a friend.
Erik Rhodes never took himself seriously despite being one of the last authentic “gay porn stars.” Rhodes was (and certainly is now) an icon, and he was in every sense of the cliche a “larger than life” performer. His work for Falcon spans the past decade, having appeared in over three dozen titles for the studio, countless magazine and box covers, and winning numerous awards. But probably the only thing greater than Erik Rhodes’ impact on the gay adult industry was his impact as a loyal and loving friend to so many.
This morning, some of Rhodes’ friends and colleagues reacted.
Falcon Studios VP and close friend Adam Robinson: “Erik has been an amazing friend and part of the Falcon family for 8 years, a man of steel on the outside but all teddy bear on the inside.”
Samuel Colt: “In disbelief that one of the most kind, honest and troubled souls I have ever had the joy to know and call a friend is gone. I love you James.”
Brent Corrigan: “My thoughts and considerations go out to the friends and family of Erik Rhodes in their time of grief. He will be missed by many!”
Chi Chi LaRue: “RIP dear sweet Erik Rhodes I’m saddened to the Core! Heaven/Hell will be a lot more Fun! Today I dedicate my Twitter silence to Erik Rhodes! Nothing I’m doing right now is even close to that important! RIP Erik … Sweet Giant!”
Official statement from Falcon Studios:
It is with great sadness that San Francisco-based Falcon Studios and Raging Stallion Studios has confirmed the passing of Porn Superstar, Erik Rhodes. Erik died of a heart attack in his sleep this morning at 5:30 AM EDT. Rhodes had been a Falcon Exclusive for all but one scene in his entire career, and he rose quickly to Mega-Star status after his first DVD Super Soaked was released in 2004.
Chris Ward, Falcon/Raging Stallion Studios President offered the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by Erik’s passing. He was a part of our family and we are devastated. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”
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.
Born in Long Island, New York in 1982, Erik recently celebrated his 30th birthday. Rhodes began his career with Falcon by signing as an Exclusive in September of 2004 at the age of 22, shooting only one scene prior to joining the Falcon team, and he had remained an exclusive ever since. Erik also directed eight Mustang Studios titles during his career. He recently began shooting with Raging Stallion Studios after it merged with Falcon in early 2011. His videography includes over 40 scenes filmed over the last 8 years.