SAD NEWS: About an hour ago, this shocking message appeared on Erik Rhodes‘ Twitter:

Erik Rhodes has left us this morning at 5.30am his family and boyfriend Riccardo are in deep pain, please respect this sad moment

His fans were shocking. Then about half an hour later, Adam Q. Robinson, the VP of Production for Falcon Studios and Raging Stallion Studios confirmed this sad news:

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Erik Rhodes this morning. Erik died of a heart attack in his sleep.

Erik has been an amazing friend & part of the Falcon family for 8 years, a man of steel on the outside but all teddy bear on the inside.

RIP Erik Rhodes…. You will be missed…

This post has 80 comments.

  1. Gleeholic
    14 Jun 12
    4:04 pm

    Omg! Really? That’s shocking. My condolences to his family, friends and bf. He was not much younger than me (1/2/1982). I did like him. I will miss him.

  2. Jr
    14 Jun 12
    4:07 pm

    That is very sad. There has always beauty, if not necessarily a lot of joy, in his brutal honestly. There are things that could be said about some of the choices he has made, but I’ll save that for another time

  3. Tommy
    14 Jun 12
    4:16 pm

    It is sad. Just the other day The Sword ran a story about how many steroids he was using. It’s a message to all the other young porn stars put there that it’s not worth looking good to die young.

  4. AlwaysHard
    14 Jun 12
    4:18 pm

    Sad indeed. On a collision course with death and could not stop. RIP.

  5. Anderson
    14 Jun 12
    4:23 pm

    OH MY GOD! I’M SHOCKED!
    We were talking about him days ago!
    Condolences to family and friends, and I hope he is well wherever he is.
    Sad, a handsome man and very important to the gay community!
    I will miss him. :-(

  6. bernardo
    14 Jun 12
    4:25 pm

    WOW!!!!! Erik was one of my favorite porn stars. He was such an amazing performer. He sucked dick, rimmed ass, got fucked and fucked. He had passion in all of his scenes. He was with a girl when he started porn then he had sex with a man and he realized that he was gay and loved it. Steroids are dangerous and can kill you. He will truly be missed. RIP Erik.

  7. Billy
    14 Jun 12
    4:27 pm

    This is really sad. He always seemed like a tortured soul. From posts on his blog to comments in interviews, he seemed to have a lot of deamons. Hopefully now he can find some peace. He was a hot, hot man who didn’t take any shit from anybody, and I respected him for that. Such a shame.

  8. boscoz
    14 Jun 12
    4:31 pm

    very sad news

  9. Chris
    14 Jun 12
    4:40 pm

    RIP Erik Rhodes. This guy had an unbelievable amount of sociopathic haters after him when he decided to make his issues with depression and drugs public.

  10. Jake
    14 Jun 12
    4:46 pm

    I’m saddened by the news but not shocked – his last update on his tumblr blog was about how much steroids he’s currently taking. Unfortunately only a matter of time before something like this happened – maybe a wake-up call to the rest of the industry?

    Hope he finds the peace he never seemed to find in life.

  11. almatolmen
    14 Jun 12
    4:49 pm

    All I’ve seen of ER are pics no action but I always wanted. Now when I do it will be that odd feeling you can get when you watch old TV reruns and realize everyone in the cast is dead-sad but glad there is a permanent record of their work. And folks this NOT the time and place for a steroids critique!

  12. Mrs Patrick Campbell
    14 Jun 12
    4:50 pm

    We are sad.

    What drugs had Mary been taking at the time of her expiratia?

  13. Olaf
    14 Jun 12
    4:57 pm

    Yes . This is very sad. Save your critiques about steroid and drug abuse for a different time. If you’ve ever enjoyed his work, have reverence

  14. Cody D'amico
    14 Jun 12
    5:03 pm

    The fact that a man so beautiful on the outside could publically share the kind of torture he underwent on the inside knowing what kind of damage it would do to his image I think speaks volumes about him as a person. He could’ve kept it all hidden and private. He could’ve used his looks to make himself seem perfect. Instead he spoke honestly of himself and admitted the reason he worked so hard to look so good was because of how insecure and inferior he felt. That is the kind of brutal honesty we should respect and remember. People are going to use this as an opportunity to bash him and give their I-told-you-sos. Those of us who recognize how rare he was, tortured but rare, know this is a sad day and can only hope he’s found peace. The people he’s left behind are the ones who are going to have to deal with the pain and no one’s opinions about Erik either way will matter to that pain. He was loved and he went out of his way to share himself honestly beyond the images of his body and his sexuality. Say whatever you want about the man but his insides matched his outsides: stunning, sexy, a little unreal, hard and soft all at the same time. This is a sad day.

  15. Chris S
    14 Jun 12
    5:08 pm

    I never thought I would be so saddened by the death of a porn star, but i can honestly say this news has upset me a lot.

    He was one of my favorite porn stars, always had a lot of energy and fun in what he did.

    I will miss seeing him in films.

    A great loss to the industry…

    He brought happiness to millions all over the world!!! :o(

  16. bernardo
    14 Jun 12
    5:11 pm

    I agree this is a very sad day. And I agree he was the most honest performer in the industry. Erik Rhodes is a legend. One of my favorite moments of Erik is when he was on kathy griffin’s my life on the d-list where kathy was hosting the gayvn awards and he took off his shirt and was posing that amazing body. That was a special moment.

  17. Gavin H
    14 Jun 12
    5:11 pm

    It doesn’t seem real. He was one of my favorite porn stars. Taking GH is known to raise blood pressure. I guess after taking it for so long and at such high levels his heart couldn’t take it anymore.

  18. Marco
    14 Jun 12
    5:13 pm

    Sad :(

  19. Michael
    14 Jun 12
    5:16 pm

    Beautifully said Cody D’amico it is a sad day indeed. I loved Erik for his brutal honesty and his willingness to share his demons. I will miss reading his thoughts, his very unique look at life, and his sardonic humor.

  20. manu
    14 Jun 12
    5:16 pm

    Very sad :( He had his faults but I loved his honesty and his dark sense of humour . I will miss him
    RIP Erik .

  21. Anderson
    14 Jun 12
    5:22 pm

    “I never thought I would be so saddened by the death of a porn star, but i can honestly say this news has upset me a lot”
    Me too, @Chris S.
    I’m deeply sad and perturbed since I read this.

  22. Tom
    14 Jun 12
    5:42 pm

    Very sad news. That being said, he came across as a very extreme character. I remember seeing a video of him with his eyes all drooping after taking drugs and what not. He came across as someone who didn’t understand the term “moderation.” Not trying to be heartless. Just speaking the truth.

  23. James
    14 Jun 12
    5:57 pm

    To echo everyone, it’s so sad. He just never seemed happy. It appeared he tried to make himself happy with various things, but nothing seemed to work. I wish someone could have helped him. Hopefully, wherever he is, he has found peace. He definitely was different and he will be missed.

  24. DJ
    14 Jun 12
    5:58 pm

    I can’t believe this,
    and I’m in shock too..

    RIP Erik.

  25. MJ
    14 Jun 12
    6:11 pm

    I’m still in shock and disbelief. I mean with the what he talked about, you had a feeling that it wouldn’t be long before something like this happened, but it’s easy to think it wouldn’t. don’t get me wrong, it’s still sad to see someone gone so young an age. only 30 years old :(. damn. My condolences to the family

  26. Woohooboy
    14 Jun 12
    6:15 pm

    A sad end to a life filled with turbulance. Whilst Erik was bold enough to share his ongoing struggles with depression and drug usage, there was hope in the minds of many that he would somehow find a way to overcome it.

    Sometimes, that just isn’t the case.

    RIP Erik/James. May you find the peace you’ve longed for in death that eluded you in life…..

  27. Gleeholic
    14 Jun 12
    6:31 pm

    I can still remember the first time I saw him fucking roman heart. It breaks my heart.

  28. Alex701
    14 Jun 12
    6:36 pm

    i wonder what Diesel Washington is gonna say about this… he has always hated Erik and was jealous of his success.

  29. Wally
    14 Jun 12
    6:39 pm

    The saddest thing is to see blogs post this news with affiliate links so they can cash in on it.

  30. Michael
    14 Jun 12
    6:48 pm

    James, I am so unbelievably saddened by your death. Today, the term “porn star” is thrown around so easily, but you are perhaps the only one of our generation that can be said to have truly been a star. You showed true signs of enormous talent in your writing as well. I so very much wished you could have found happiness or peace. I hope you have found it now. RIP.

  31. Matias
    14 Jun 12
    6:56 pm

    @Cody D’amico, so well written I simply agree.
    RIP ER.

  32. I can’t stop crying. One of the first STARS I ever really became fascinated by when I started watching gay porn.

  33. MJ
    14 Jun 12
    7:21 pm

    Pull it together y’all. Anybody shocked is an idiot and doesn’t know the first thing about Erik. If you’re sad then you need to get some real friends and a reality check.

  34. oscar
    14 Jun 12
    7:30 pm

    Really sad news. Most people will miss you, Erik. But a few desperately weep for your absence, James. RIP

  35. alessandro
    14 Jun 12
    7:54 pm

    I read about his depression not so many months ago and since I hoped he could survive to his demons and inner turmoil.

    RIP Eric, may God bless you in all his joy.

  36. Aj
    14 Jun 12
    9:02 pm

    I will miss seeing him in movies and
    a great loss to the industry.

    RIP Erik Rhodes

  37. Mel
    14 Jun 12
    9:10 pm

    Rip James, may your soul find rest.

  38. Bull
    14 Jun 12
    9:42 pm

    I hope he has found the peace he so desperately wanted in life. RIP Erik

  39. odawg
    14 Jun 12
    10:27 pm

    I’m just speechless. Just incredibly sad. He will be missed.

  40. RioBoy
    14 Jun 12
    10:32 pm

    SOOOO SAD!!!! =((((( Never thought this would happen to me….saw it on work and almost cried!

  41. JockBoy
    14 Jun 12
    10:46 pm

    We all have our faults.. everyone of us. RIP Man … Ur legend will live on …

  42. Luca
    14 Jun 12
    10:59 pm

    You were the very best, James. No one came close. You are in a class by yourself and all the others who come after you will be judged by you. RIP. You shared quite openly your pain and suffering, as well as that beautiful body. I hope your pain and hurt are gone.

  43. alex
    14 Jun 12
    11:14 pm

    Sad news. And a needed warning to people that steroids are not the answer.

  44. fireys
    14 Jun 12
    11:25 pm

    Tu nous manqueras à tous. RIP.

  45. Autechre
    14 Jun 12
    11:47 pm

    Sad? Maybe. Shocking? Who the fcuk are you fcuking trying to kid???

  46. ricky
    14 Jun 12
    11:50 pm

    heart attack in his sleep? i’m 54 have congestive heart failure and i’m still around and ticking and evidently in better health than him. there is WAY more to this than a heart attack.

  47. Me
    15 Jun 12
    12:34 am

    You guys are really shocked? You obviously never read his blog. This ending was SO inevitable. Sad, nonetheless.

  48. scb
    15 Jun 12
    12:57 am

    Family BF and friends….take comfort in knowing this tortured soul is no longer being tortured…he is at peace!
    The old saying “die young, stay pretty” is fitting for this situation…but always very sad when used. xxxxxx

  49. Nico
    15 Jun 12
    1:07 am

    I’m really sad, not just me but many others who have been struggling with similar demons. I’ve always been worried about him. rest in peace, man. Youwere more than a porn star. You were a nice man, and we’re glad you shared your thoughts and feelings with us.

  50. Clark
    15 Jun 12
    1:10 am

    I got to meet Erik when he was just starting out. We shared an elevator at IML in Chicago and i ran into him later in the evening in the hotel lobby. He started talking because he recognized me and I got to spend the better part of the whole IML/Leather Market/Grabby weekend getting to know him. Never did the conversation turn to porn or sex and when people would come up to him for a photo he’d just look at me and wink. He was great at ‘being’ Erik Rhodes. We kept in touch via email and chat now and then over the years and I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know the man behind the image and the screen.
    My most sincere condolences to his family, brother, and friends.

  51. NutBuster Blog
    15 Jun 12
    1:22 am

    I was just reading about the rivalry he had going with Diesel Washington. Then I come across this unfortunate news. I wish people would realize what’s really important while they’re here. He is the 2nd gay porn star to pass away this year that I know of. RIP Erik and Sean.

  52. MikeP
    15 Jun 12
    1:37 am

    Sad. I was a long time fan, and I always looked forward to his new scenes; he always delivered. My condolences to his family and friends.

  53. Steve
    15 Jun 12
    1:42 am

    Very sad. I met Erik for the first time three weeks ago at one of the Grabby Events; so full of life and in his element.

  54. Concussion
    15 Jun 12
    2:10 am

    I never read his blog – was he addicted to other things incliduding steroids?

  55. Broko
    15 Jun 12
    2:25 am

    So sad. Addictive personalities, I can identify

  56. Jarnov
    15 Jun 12
    2:26 am

    This is sad news. My condolences go to his friends and family, especially his identical twin brother whom he seemed really close with. RIP Erik.

  57. ed
    15 Jun 12
    2:50 am

    oh wow this is such sad news. I hope he finds peace. He was one of my favorite performers he will be missed.
    My condolences to his family and loved ones.

  58. dodj
    15 Jun 12
    3:37 am

    Just the other day, I was thinking of posting a msg that he should retire and perhaps spend his time behind the camera, for a change…but this new is so unexpected!

  59. CRAVEN
    15 Jun 12
    4:45 am

    I’m not shocked at all, when he was doing steroids plus crystal meth, mix those two together and sooner or later death becomes you. Steroids won’t keep you beautiful for life, it will destroy your looks, body and life. He obviously over did the steroids and continued doing meth. So to hear about his death doesn’t surprise me. We are all so hooked on a big muscular body model, hopefully this news will be a wake up call to others.

  60. Brad
    15 Jun 12
    5:08 am

    We will miss you Erik!

  61. HD
    15 Jun 12
    6:12 am

    :(

  62. willy
    15 Jun 12
    8:17 am

    You don’t have to be using growth hormone or meth to have a heart attack when you are young. I had a heart attack last week and didn’t even know it. I finally went to the doctors after 36 hours of what I thought was bad heartburn. I am 39. It would be great if readers took the time to learn the symptoms and risk factors.

  63. Joe
    15 Jun 12
    8:34 am

    RIP….

  64. alex9gr
    15 Jun 12
    8:45 am

    Its really really sad not because its about Eric Rhodes, the great porn star, but because he was an other young man who passed away so early.
    Im not quite shocked though.Iliked him cause he had a pretty face but come on, his body was so supernatural…
    It was pretty obvious that he was on steroids…

  65. BLACKjack
    15 Jun 12
    10:05 am

    I truly hope that Eric will find the peace that seem to escape him in life . There will be plenty of time for debating the cause of his death but for right now lets just wish and his family well .

    R.I.P !
    Eric Rhodes U will be missed !!!

  66. Guilherme
    15 Jun 12
    10:58 am

    Muito impressionado

  67. dinuka jaliya
    15 Jun 12
    12:04 pm

    truely sad that he has passed off , my condolonse to his family and boy freind

  68. Hot and Holesome
    15 Jun 12
    12:07 pm

    Just my two cents: Somehow all the info and pictures on the website just seem a little less exciting or interesting after Erik (James)’s death.

    Yes, Erik was self-destructive. But it makes me wonder about all the other men pictured on this website and what’s going to happen to them.

  69. danico5
    15 Jun 12
    12:43 pm

    I can hardly believe this sad news… such a young and active young man, who seemed in great health…

  70. Nom
    15 Jun 12
    1:33 pm

    Guys, a Facebook page has been set up for Erik/James. Please share your condolences there.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Memoriam-James-Naughtin/345753005493533

  71. pavel
    15 Jun 12
    1:42 pm

    Please, tell me today is april’s fool.

    Erik, beg you back…

  72. Jay
    15 Jun 12
    2:04 pm

    This is a sad day for his family and the man in his life….that said, no one who knew him or knew of his antics in his private life can say this comes as a total shock. He had been burning his candle at both ends for a number of years…it was only a matter of time until the wick was gone. His life should serve as lesson to many gay men about how to live and how not to live.—Honesty..good……chemicals…not good at all.

  73. Tom
    15 Jun 12
    3:32 pm

    I didn’t want to say this yesterday but I will today at the risk of upsetting people. I think this man was the example of everything that is wrong with the gay community at its worst. Drugs, self loathing, arrogance, extreme behavior (fisting etc). The very sad thing is Erik/James had done all this before he had even turned 30.

    I never really liked this guy on the whole, from what I saw of him anyway. Still, I am sure he was a good man around friends and family. His dark side is what ultimately killed him though.

  74. Marko
    15 Jun 12
    5:42 pm

    Giggles @ “incliduding” above. Looks like Ned Flanders misses Erik too. Seriously though, very sad news. There always seemed to be a nice guy underneath the prickly, painfully honest demeanour. RIP.

  75. robert
    15 Jun 12
    6:33 pm

    He was a honest sexy man who I will miss..The sad thing is how many strangers are commenting on how he died as if they know..

  76. DJ
    15 Jun 12
    6:49 pm

    To Erik Rhodes, the Superstar:
    You were truly and honestly the epitome of what a superstar represents and defines. Your onscreen presence is a treasure that will be greatly treasured, never lost, and always remembered. May you Rest In Peace.

    To James Elliott, the man behind “Erik Rhodes”:
    We all have our own personal demons that constantly battle on a daily basis. I pray that at the time of your Higher Calling, you were somewhat at peace with said demons. I also pray that you did not let them overtake you and drive you out of our lives, out of life itself. My heart truly aches for you and I truly know what it’s like to come face to face with your inner demons. I finally pray that you find peace and eternal life in your passing.

    Please, for the sake of those who loved you and miss you so dearly, Rest In Eternal Peace.

    Love,
    DJ

  77. ek
    16 Jun 12
    8:31 am

    RIP, James hope you find peace up there. To Riccardo and Jame’s family our thoughts are with you.

  78. cray
    17 Jun 12
    2:28 am
  79. guillermo
    20 Jun 12
    4:22 pm

    i am still shocked, i miss erik, i miss james.

    he wasn’t perfect… but he was real, honest… He had the courage to express what most of us deny… what we don’t wanna see in a pornstar: the person behind, his sadness, happiness, problems… like any of us, but being judge as an object…
    i always felt identify with his depression, his reactions… i was almost like a friend close to me… i am sorry he lost his battle against depression using drugs… i can never judge him, i know how terrible is that illness… i’ll love forever james, you teached me so much… but you never knew it…

    R.I.P. JAMES.

  80. guillermo
    20 Jun 12
    4:33 pm

    a tribute