My dear friend and colleague Drew Warner passed away Monday night. He was 44 years old. Word began spreading via Twitter and Facebook and I posted a bit, but I couldn’t bring myself to write anything here yesterday. I’m just not ready to talk about Drew in the past tense. He’d been out of the skin biz for a couple of years and change and was living and working in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with his boyfriend. He really loved it there and I know he was happy. I’m not writing about the COD just yet because I don’t have all the details; there is time for that later. But his family was with him when he died. Drew was a big part of this industry for a good decade. If you watched porn or bought a skin magazine regularly between 1997 or ’98 and straight through the next decade, you saw his work. He owned the Sports & Recreation label and was a photographer, cameraman, editor, director, promoter and all-around ideas man. I loved that the most about him; Drew was always working on a project and always looking for collaborators. He was also, inevitably, engaged in a tiff with someone. But he was a passionate guy, hot-tempered and opinionated, and this is an industry filled with thin-skinned folk. Drew hired me several times, notably for the magazine Inside Porn, which we worked on together diligently for a short while. And I hired him numerous times for various porn shoots. For most of his time in the biz, he lived in a studio in Hollywood that everyone—and I mean everyone—rented out at one point or another. Trust me, you’ve seen lots of porn movies that were filmed in that location. When he finally closed it all down and left Los Angeles, it really did feel like a page was turning in this field. Drew was a staunch, loyal friend. I have years of memories, many jokes shared, hundreds of margaritas slurped. He was a great guy, truly, and I’ll miss him straight through my final days. CLICK HERE for an obituary at SDGLN.com.