It is my sad duty to report the death of Steven J. LaPeikis, known to gay adult as performer Steve Pierce. He passed on March 12, 2009 in Palm Springs; no reason has been given. He was 44 years old, and is survived by his partner of two decades, Thomas Miller, whom he married in 2008, as well as his mother, brother, sister and nieces. Pierce was a popular utility player in gay adult with a specialty in bondage and leather. He made approximately 40 films during a career that stretched between 1995 and 2004 and includes such classic titles as FLESH & BLOOD (All Worlds Video, 1996), THE CHOSEN (Falcon Studios, 1997) and JOHNNY HORMONE (HIS Video, 1997). Recently, Pierce achieved a lifelong dream with the publication of “World Without Winter,” his first novel, a science fiction adventure. In a published obituary, Miller writes that Pierce “loved alternative music, eating exotic cuisines and just being in the moment. He took extraordinary care of me, played tricks on me, cooked wonderful meals, and was my absolute best friend. After 20 years together, it was as if we had just met. Our relationship remained fresh, full of optimism and hope for the future.” Our condolences to Miller and to Pierce’s family, as well as his friends and fans. On a personal note, I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Pierce and interviewed him several times over the years. He was proud of his adult past and ebullient over the publication of “World Without Winter.” He will be missed.
XBIZ.com obituary: “Gay Adult Actor Steve Pierce Dies“
[Portrait by Jim Cox.]