[Edits 06/15/11.] I’m sorry to confirm the news that performer Ethan Marc died on Tuesday, May 17. Apparently the news has been circulating around the web for several weeks; this morning, I confirmed several details. His obit notes only that his passing was peaceful and that he is survived by his extended family; no COD was given. Mr. Marc was 38 years old. The arc of his career in all-male adult was long and began in the late ’90s with eye-catching performances in such titles as REFORM SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL and DEMOLITION MANN (All Worlds Video, both 1997) and the critically acclaimed TAILSPIN in 1998 for Studio 2000. He worked consistently for several more years, earning a rep for his high-energy sexual mojo as well as much-gossiped-about clashes with directors and costars, and then left the biz. Mr. Marc returned to blue movies for a second run, from 2003-05, with TAKING FLIGHT for Falcon Studios, the WET PALMS series for Jet Set Men and other sexpics, including numerous scenes for Show Guys Productions. (Pictured, left, is the cover of 1999’s LOST EXIT for Channel 1 Releasing.) Marc took a second lengthy hiatus from adult and returned earlier this year, looking essentially the same with his ridged abs and blue eyes, in several hardcore episodes for web studio SouthernStrokes.com. I interviewed and got to know Ethan during his first run through the adult business. He was compact and charming with a genuine interest and facility for performing. He was a dyed-in-the-wool exhibitionist and truly enjoyed a good, sweaty roll in the hay. I know he wrestled with his own demons. But his joyfulness—a certain irrepressible thrill at scratching that particular itch for others to watch and savor—is what should be remembered. And it’s what will stand the test of time, I think. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.


16 Comments so far

  1. nhuixnhuix on June 7, 2011 3:07 pm

    Natural death at 38? Yeah, right. Sad to die that young though even though his troubles had been well publicized.

  2. Will G on June 7, 2011 3:34 pm

    “Natural death at 38? Yeah, right.”

    I see no reference to a “natural death” in JC’s post. He said no cause of death was given, though it was obviously from an illness.

    Sad news indeed.

  3. nhuixnhuix on June 7, 2011 8:24 pm

    Right. I took “peaceful” to mean the same thing. I guess I can’t think of any natural death at 38 that can ever be peaceful.
    But my snark was misleading: it was said more in sadness than mean-ness.

  4. James on June 8, 2011 4:26 am

    Such sad news. He was one of the few performers who never had a bad scene. RIP.

  5. DeWayne on June 8, 2011 11:07 pm

    Very sad and Ethan had an extraordinarily long porn career.

  6. Lee L. on June 15, 2011 9:38 am

    He was my best bud and he did die peaceful but not in Louisiana. He didn’t die of an illness as it was implied. He died alone in a hotel room at the Marriott in Newark NJ. I helped him move to NYC from Houston and were still in contact. I helped him out of many troubles and fixed whatever problem arose but after he left Houston it was harder to do so. He finally bit off more then he could chew and died. He was later found by a mutual friend the next morning.

  7. J.C. Adams on June 15, 2011 11:55 am

    @Lee — Thank you for sharing. I made some edits; otherwise our information came from a published obituary provided by the family. Feel free to email me privately if you wish.


  8. David on June 15, 2011 3:30 pm

    I have the ‘Lost exit’ dvd… I’m so sad.

  9. Bill on June 17, 2011 8:19 pm

    This is very sad…I was reminded of Joey Stephano’s death. To the leave the earth for one so young…perhaps we’ll all meet him in heaven…

  10. David on August 7, 2011 12:38 am

    Yes it is sad.. However, I lived with Ethan in Dallas,TX for 2years (May 2007, May 2009), and he moved to Houston in Sept 2009.

    After the move to Houston I really can’t tell you what happen to him.. However, I can tell you he’s been in and out of Prison many times. He just couldn’t put the drugs down.

    I don’t know about this move to Newark that happened.. However, I don’t believe it at all.

  11. Terry on September 1, 2011 4:30 pm

    When I heard this on another site, I was so shocked. I thought Ethan was younger but even so it’s still sad that he passed away.

  12. rmg on October 7, 2011 6:17 am

    Like David I knew Ethan in Dallas, in fact I moved him here. I tried to help him but he was involved in meth. stole my credit cards and checks, I lost track of him after his last stint in prison, may he rip

  13. Martin on January 29, 2012 4:47 pm

    I knew Ethan as Chad. He lived with me in Los Angeles and was my boyfriend for 14 months. To say Chad was troubled would be an understatement. He stole checks from me and wrote bads checks from San Diego to San Francisco. A mess that took me the better part of a year to clear up.

    It saddens me to hear he died alone. Chad I forgive you. Rest in Peace.


  14. Lee on January 29, 2012 11:30 pm

    Wow really…. must you speak ill of the dead. Yes he did some shady things but is it really necessary to taint his memory with his short comings. He is truly my best friend and was there for me when others were not. He came and picked me up at 3am when I had a blown out tire in the middle of no where 55mins from home and got lost which took 2 hours to find me. Yes he was annoyed but he still came through. I understood Chads way of thinking. He is a survivor and doesn’t like to work hard so he acquired the means in doing so. He really wasn’t that smart but he was charismatic and he played that card very strongly and most of the time he got away with it. He actually never saw that he was doing anything wrong or the consequences of his actions. Tho it finally caught up with him and that’s the reason why he moved to NYC. He was hiding from a personal investigator. Which was hired when he took a picture of a “fck buddy’s paycheck info and then turned on his electricity using that information. (not smart) He also violated his parole by not reporting. What saddens me was that he was miserable the last two months and he knew nobody. He ordered pizza a few times and texted me, Danny, sister, and mother. He didn’t even unpack his stuff it was just all the same way it was when we arrived.

    Those of you who were wronged by Chad, you were careless and were blinded by his good looks and sex to see what he was doing. Get over it hes dead now and focus on the good he did not the bad.

    I am still trying to recover many things that his family neglected to do. I updated his IMDb info as well as helping people recover financial losses do to his hot check writing and getting custody of his dog from the person that has him currently. I even just play around with making a fan site for him to help me morn his death.

    Thanks for reading my rant and do what you can to have a great day.


  15. Mark on August 24, 2015 8:02 pm

    This is so sad! I used to work out at the same gym that he did when I was in college in Atlanta in the early 90s. We would always flirt with each other like crazy. Such a hot man that died way too young .

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