November 12, 2007 | 18 Comments
Gay Porn Times has confirmed the death of performer-activist-musician Joe Romero. He died October 30 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Mr. Romero’s partner, who notified the industry of his passing, told me he passed of “HIV complications; his body just couldn’t handle everything.” Although quiet in recent years, for a time Joe Romero was one of gay adult’s most colorful, and prolific, personalities. He made dozens of films between 1994-2006 and carved out an alternative career as a musician as well as an outspoken activist for HIV/AIDS organizations and the leather community. He is survived by his partner, father and two sisters. Read on for additional details (we’re working to confirm other pertinent information)…
“I am absolutely devastated. I cannot express the depth of my grief. I knew Joe really well…he starred in MARRIED COPS DO for me and I starred in films with him. I am absolutely obliterated by this news,” said director Blue Blake. “I’m in shock. How sad. We were all buddies,” helmer Gino Colbert told my colleague, Mark Adams.
Apart from his prolific adult video career, Joe Romero toured the U.S. and Europe in support of his two CDs, “Heavy Metal Porno Star” and “Sexpig” which he self-released on his own label, MotoRock Records. He dubbed himself the “Shock Rock Pornstar” and was embraced in particular by the leather community. “His persona as a hellraiser was his public image,” Mr. Romero’s partner wrote in his obituary. “Privately, he volunteered for organizations such as PAWS LA, AIDS Project Los Angeles and The Tom of Finland Foundation. (He) was an uncommon and vibrant spirit. He will be missed.”
Joe Romero appeared in nearly 100 films as a performer, for nearly every major studio and director. Here are some of his better known titles: BIKER PIGS FROM HELL 1-2 (Wildcat Productions, 1999-2000); COCKPIT (Catalina Video, 2001); COURTING LIBIDO (HIS Video Gold, 1995); EROTIKUS (Catalina Video, 1996); DREAM LOVER (Catalina Video, 1995); HOT COPS (Centaur Films, 1996); HOW TO GET A MAN IN BED (Forum Studios, 1995); LEATHER OBSESSION (Forum Studios, 1995); MARRIED COPS DO (Big Blue Productions, 2001); MOTEL SEX (Gino Pictures, 2002); TECHNICAL ECSTASY (Men of Odyssey, 1999). His final film appears to have been LEATHER DADDIES GANG-BANGING BRAD BENTON (U.S. Male) in 2006.
[Top photo © Mark Adley.]
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