Chris Ward and Michael Lucas are among industry figures mourning the sudden, shocking death of popular performer Wilfried Knight, who took his own life on Sunday, March 10, at age 35. He was Out magazine’s Hottest Porn Star of 2005, the 2010 GayVN Awards winner for Best Performer and a 2011 Grabby Awards recipient for Best Versatile Performer. Madonna herself even took note of his appeal and cast him in her video “Sorry” in 2006. “Wilfried’s death is a blow to our studio and to our industry. There was no nicer man. We have all lost someone very special. I can only say that personally I am devastated,” said Mr. Ward. “Wilfried was a friend and I shall miss him. All of us at Falcon and Raging Stallion Studios hope he is at peace, and our thoughts are with his family and friends. I know that his good friend and director, Tony Dimarco, is also greatly saddened by this tragic loss.” CLICK HERE for the full story…
“Many of us had personal relationships with Wilfried Knight and as a whole this is one of the saddest days in our office,” said Nate MacNamara, Marketing & Creative Director for Lucas Entertainment, in a statement today.
“In the wake of this news we have to step back and look at the awful losses the industry has experienced this year. Wilfried’s passing had nothing to do with the industry but the outpouring sadness we have seen urges us to address others in need.”
Mr. MacNamara’s statement continues: “We all would like to consider ourselves strong people but there will always be certain things that tear us down. We have to think about what awfulness brought Wilfried to this point and fight against it. Life is guaranteed to devastate us at some point but we can’t and shouldn’t cause others who care about us to go through such pain. The domino effect has to end and although we are far from perfect we open our ears and hearts to whoever needs to talk.
“Wilfried, we love you dearly and hope you are slumbering in peace with your husband.”
“I am heartbroken by the news that our beautiful friend and colleague Wilfried Knight has committed suicide. I was lucky enough to work with him many times,” said Mr. Lucas.
“Beneath his tough exterior Wilfried was, like many guys in the adult-film industry, a sensitive and intelligent man. And like many guys in the adult-film industry, he struggled to maintain his external image and his sense of self-worth.
“Coming so soon after the suicides of Roman Ragazzi last year and of Arpad Miklos just last month, Wilfriedâ€™s death is deeply troubling. I am scared at what this trend suggests about the gay world…
“But porn actors are among the highest-profile casualties of gay suicide, and are especially vulnerable in some ways. We do not have good support systems in place for people in our industry. We need to talk more about this as a community. We need to be there for each other. Life can be rough but itâ€™s a gift and you only get it once. Your pain will pass. We have to remember that and help each other. This pattern can’t go on. Please, let’s break it.”
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[Top image: Wilfried Knight in a 2010 John Bartlett fashion show Â© GQ Magazine; bottom image Â© Lucas Entertainment.]