[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 joyfulnessâ€”a certain irrepressible thrill at scratching that particular itch for others to watch and savorâ€”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.