RIP: Josh Weston

December 17, 2012 | 31 Comments

Josh-Weston-body-red (Buckshot:COLT, 2006)[Edits 1:00, 7:00 p.m.; 12/30/12] Word began spreading quickly via social networking sites, and this morning I spoke to a Falcon Studios rep who confirmed that adult industry legend Josh Weston, 39, died yesterday, December 16. A published obituary lists the cause of death as “septic shock and bacterial endocarditis.” I will update this post with more details when I can. Already, Falcon and Raging Stallion, Hot House and performers Conner Habib and Rob Romoni have posted their condolences online. It’s crushing news. Josh was a huge star for the better part of a decade following his erotic debut in 2002, celebrated for his flawless physique and his undeniable sexual mojo. He went on to film for Buckshot Productions and Hot House, among others; his final onscreen performances were in 2008 and ’09 for Spunk Video and SX Video. He was active on Rentboy.com for awhile, but for the past few years had been operating under the radar. Josh was honored by the GayVN Awards and Grabby Awards, and left an indelible impression on anyone who had the pleasure to know him. The first time I laid eyes on him was at a GayVN Awards afterparty as he spun around the dance floor; he was in tight pants and button-down shirt that showed off his biceps and ripped torso. “Who’s that guy!?” I remember asking to someone standing next to me. “I don’t know, but he’s a star!” was the reply. I vividly recall laughing with Chi Chi LaRue behind the scenes of HEAVEN TO HELL for Falcon in 2005; in the space of a minute, Josh had cracked wise about Sylvia Plath and America’s Next Top Model. That should give you some idea about his wide-ranging intelligence and imagination. I reminisced about him earlier with John Rutherford of COLT Studio, who worked with him on a number of projects, and gave me this photo to use. It was taken on the set of MANLY HEAT: SCORCHED in 2006. Josh, you were a delight; safe travels. My condolences to his family, friends and fans.
[Image © COLT Studio.]


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  1. Kristofer Weston on December 17, 2012 3:42 pm

    Josh was such a sweet guy. I remember him on the set of his first movie for Falcon and was struck by how beautiful he was inside and out. This is really sad news – he will be missed.

  2. mr. Pam on December 17, 2012 3:49 pm

    Wow, I’m so sad to hear the news. Josh was always so sweet and a joy to film. And Body of a God. Big hugs to his family, friends and all the fans he entertained and inspired.
    Big hugs to you Josh!

  3. Bob on December 17, 2012 5:12 pm

    Always gave a great performance and sooooo easy on the eyes. Enjoyed all his work and will miss him.

  4. Luno on December 17, 2012 5:37 pm

    This is, indeed, sad news. Though it’s now been years since I last saw him, I was acquainted with Josh during his headlining days at the Nob Hill Theatre in SF, following his initial success in films. His shows were usually just before or after mine and we would chat a bit in the dressing room between. He was very quiet and kind, not to mention humble despite the attention lavished upon him by the theater’s managers, patrons and performers alike. He never drew attention to himself and, in fact, seemed to shy away from it. My thoughts to go to his family, friends and loved ones. I’ll always remember him fondly.

  5. James on December 17, 2012 6:28 pm

    RIP. A great performer.

  6. George on December 17, 2012 6:56 pm

    May he RIP

  7. Jay on December 17, 2012 7:55 pm

    One of the best in the industry. He will be missed and always remembered.

  8. DJ on December 18, 2012 3:47 am

    Wow shocked at the news! Lost yet another beautiful guy. I once ran into Josh, that is, was walking behind him on 8th ave in NYC. I remembered seeing that his tattoo on his arm seemed to have been removed. And Like with Eric Rhodes, I was too shy to say Hello. Wish I had in both cases. You will be Missed.

  9. Thomas on December 18, 2012 3:08 pm

    RIP. A true Superstar!

  10. John on December 18, 2012 5:32 pm

    This news just stopped me in my tracks. Like many men of his caliber, Erik Rhodes comes to mind of late, they seem to fall of the radar and one finds thinking of them and what they would be doing now. I’d selfishly like to ask other posters to think before they start sending out vile and negative comments and just remember Josh for the exciting and fun performer he was. Like many performers who have passed lately, I will remember them for the joy they brought into my life.

  11. Ronnie on December 18, 2012 9:33 pm

    It’s been reported that it was HIV related which would explain having heart failure at such a young age. It is very sad to read some of the ugliness I have read on other blogs. I hope that maybe this will remind people in the industry that people need to take care of each other as drug use and unprotected sex are still very prevalent in the community. But what is just as bad I’d that every time a performer in this industry dies, the ugliness of the gay community comes out with little sympathy for the one who has passed. Josh was someone’s son, someone’s friend. We should just express our condolences and not pass judgement. Better yet, just not leave comments open so the ugliness is not expressed. Rest in peace, Josh. I only heard good things about you.

  12. Neal on December 18, 2012 11:45 pm

    Ronnie. There is no way that, at the age of 39, HIV could be a significant factor in heart failure. Most likely it will be determined that Josh passed for the same reason that Erik and other countless young gay men in porn before them did – long term drug abuse. It seems that in the porn culture any objective voice is immediately called, “mean-spirited”. I do not understand this.
    How about if we all try to look at this a little more objectively. Yes, it is very sad that anyone die at the age of 39. I have no doubt that he was a sweet man.
    However, he got dragged into a culture that often creates a recipe for disaster. We should recognize this. As long as we continue to glamorize porn and not look at the adverse effect it can have on its performers, we are destined to see more guys like Josh perish at way too early an age.

  13. Brian Hansen on December 19, 2012 1:23 am

    A great man, performer and friend has left us – truly a sad day. Thanks for all the memories, conversations and laughts.

    Let this be a reminder to all of us to take care of eachother as we never know what tomorrow brings…

    R.I.P

  14. DeWayneinSD on December 19, 2012 2:00 am

    Josh was an Amazing performer at Falcon in an era when the studio was rightfully cream of the crop.

  15. A Moose on December 19, 2012 3:50 am

    Yes, so very sad. Josh was a great guy, had the pleasure to meet him on a few occasions in San Francisco back when.

    I’d also like to echo the sentiments about how porn stars are looked at some kind of figure on a pedestal, causing them to be drawn in all sorts of abuse elements- especially now when that behavior is glorfied as I look at some of what they post on the twitter.

    Hopefully James and now Josh’s passing is a wake up call. The bottle of patron and Tina aren’t your friend.

  16. Jake on December 19, 2012 4:50 am
  17. robert on December 19, 2012 10:07 am

    @ronnie you are so right about HIV and its effects on the heart…go to the American Heart Association’s official website. Not sure where @Neal gets his information on how HIV and the drugs used to treat it cannot cause heart failure

  18. robert on December 19, 2012 10:08 am

    Josh was one of the sexiest porn stars I have seen I will miss him

  19. Bernie on December 19, 2012 4:01 pm

    I read that he was living with a pacemaker in last months and became depressed and introverted. Poor guy – RIP Josh.

  20. Bill in SF on December 19, 2012 5:04 pm

    Such sad news, he was a genuine doll. I had the pleasure of meeting him around the city several times. He was very shy but seemed to enjoy the attention. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

  21. John on December 19, 2012 8:55 pm

    I remember best the young Josh before he started ruining his perfect alabaster skin by tanning. He was so god-like in his beauty and his joyous presence that came across on screen. He appeared to have the type of sweet, kind demeanor people attribute to him. One of the perils of being so gorgeous are the equally gorgeous men who you attract and who one finds it difficult to say no to when they want to do foolish but hot things. I hope he had an easy time at the end. RIP

  22. Sinu' on December 20, 2012 6:44 am

    Whatever the reason why Josh Weston died, this time or any time, is not for anyone to criticise the outcome. This was a person who gave a lot of immense pleasure for many years and this, and only this, is how he should be remembered.

    No-one is perfect and everyone, and I mean everyone, has faults so let him RIP with dignity and love by his family, friends and fans.

  23. Kyle on December 20, 2012 9:29 am

    Guys – this is happening like crazy. Most of you never actually talked beyond chit chat with him. It was “his performance, his body, his stardom”………….and it will go on on on on on on. Sad. The expectations in this industry. Your wacking off on his pain……….did you not see his career descending. And he died of heart failure at 39….really guys?? This industry for the most part eats its own. Very sad.

  24. Al on December 22, 2012 1:54 pm

    Discussing the reasons why someone died is neither offensive nor disrespectful. This was a seemingly healthy 39 year old man and is just one of of several similar deaths in this industry this year. If anything positive can result from his passing, let it at least generate discussion to prevent further unnecessary deaths.

  25. robert on December 22, 2012 2:08 pm

    @kyle..whacking off on his pain???..we all knew his life was disintegrating when he started doing bareback porn..what exactly were those of us who enjoyed watching supposed to do at that point?if those closest to him could not bring him to dealing with his own demons…@al…i remember the most vicious statements about erik rhodes after he died.. and nothing seems to have changed

  26. Didier Lepièce on December 23, 2012 7:26 am

    I collapsed to see so many handsome men, manly, in the prime of age, die so young. And I wonder why: depression, abuse of anabolic steroids or other medications, to gain muscle or “not old”, murders, AIDS? Number compared to age seems excessive. Does it conducts surveys on this topic? Can we do anything to avoid such a mess? I am one of those who go beyond the sexual aspect, I integrate them in emotional fantasies, or in stories where love and friendship are present. They are no longer objects of pleasure. And their disappearance makes me even more sad. I send to friends and family my deepest sympathy.

    Je suis effondré de voir autant d’hommes beaux, virils, en pleine force de l’âge, mourir si jeunes. Et je me demande pourquoi : dépressions, abus d’anabolisants ou d’autres médications, pour gagner du muscle ou pour “ne pas vieillir”, assassinats, sida ? Le nombre par rapport à l’âge me semble excessif. Mène-t-on des enquêtes sur ce sujet ? Ne peut-on rien faire pour éviter un tel gâchis ? Moi, je fais partie de ceux qui vont au-delà de l’aspect sexuel ; je les intègre dans des fantasmes affectifs, ou encore dans des histoires où la tendresse et l’amitié sont présentes. Ils ne sont plus des objets de plaisir. Et leur disparition me rend d’autant plus triste. J’adresse à leurs amis et à leur famille toute ma sympathie.

  27. T-Bird on December 23, 2012 7:01 pm

    A talented performer who gave his all in his scenes. He was one of two men who got me to start really enjoying the early days of falcon. His scenes were so enjoyable and so hot, his body was sensational. I would often wonder over the years whatever happened to him and why the studios would not give him one more shot to show some of these boys how its done but I guess it was not meant to be.
    I was saddened and shocked like so many others I am sure of his passing.

  28. Scott on July 28, 2013 11:05 pm

    This thread has been generally more polite and sensitive than some others about Josh’s passing. However, people who want to comment on AIDS as a cause of Josh’s death should first read his death certificate, which is public record in SF. HIV is listed separately, mas a condition “present” but NOT part of the sequence of events leading to death. The sequence of events was bacterial endocarditis leading to septic shock leading to death. The fact is that Josh had a defective heart valve for years, probably congenital. He wore an implanted pacemaker for three or four years. I know because I saw it when we showered together many times. Those devices are easily susceptible to malfunction or infection because they are foreign devices in the body, and the infection can come from anything. Josh was a very nice guy. He and his family deserve our love, and otherwise our opinion-less silence.

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