Sad news today about the loss of another one of our own: retired performer Mark West (not the hirsute, daddyesque performer named “Marc” West) died Thursday, May 1 from an accidental drowning while on vacation with his partner in Hawaii. A mutual friend alerted Chi Chi LaRue, who told me this morning. Mr. West, 53, was active between 1992 and 1996 or so. He was quite the sensation for a few years thanks to titles like ALL ABOUT STEVE (HIS Video, 1995), JAWBREAKER (Catalina Video, 1995), POSING STRAP (1994), ROLL IN THE HAY (Jocks Studios, 1994), SADDLE TRAMPS 2 (Mustang Studios, 1992) and THE TASTE OF LEATHER (Catalina, 1996). “He was one of my true discoveries. He did many of his movies for me,” Ms. LaRue recalled today. “He’s on the gorgeous cover of ALL ABOUT STEVE and ROLL IN THE HAY; those are just beautiful photos of him. You know, he was just a big, normal guy who worked construction by day and had no aspirations of stardom. He had no fantasies about porn when I found him in a nightclub. But he did it and he became a big star. Everyone wanted to work with him because he was just an all-around nice guy. Really, that was Mark. He was an all-around nice guy.” We’re working to double-source a few details; however, I did confirm his passing through a print outlet. Our condolences to his partner, family, friends and fans.