[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.]