Obits: I received word over the weekend that popular ’90s performer-director David Thompson has died. He passed July 16 in Puerto Vallarta at the age of 48. I heard the news from a mutual friend yesterday and confirmed it with an obituary this morning; no official cause of death has been released, although I’m told it was the sudden onset of liver failure, and was not HIV-related. He is survived by his mother, sisters and extended family; a private internment was held in Mexico. Mr. Thompson’s erotic career began around 1995 and continued in dozens of films for the next seven or eight years. He was a versatile, all-purpose performer, tall and broad-shouldered, with an easygoing, unforced charisma, and a reputation for being a workhorse. He was often cast in B-movies for smaller production companies and labels because producers and directors could count on him to show up and deliver the goods. For that reason, he was a familiar presence to fans of blue movies for many years. His first appearance in the Adam Gay Video Directory, its 1997 edition, describes him as “the kind of guy you want to bring home for one of those all-night fuck marathons. He is hard out of the gate and stays hard until everyone agrees its time to come. At 6’1 and 178 pounds, he’s solid without being overdevelopedâ€”and that face! Was he an altar boy or what?” Notable films include the big-budget extravaganza NIGHT WALK (HIS Video, 1995); THE PERSONALS (Vivid Man, 1995); THE RYKER FILES (Vivid Man, 1995); MEN’S ROOM (Vivid Man, 1996); GANG OF 13 (All Worlds Video, 1998) and HOMO-GENIZED (All Worlds, ’98). Like many popular skin studs from the ’90s era, he turned to directing. Perhaps his most notable title was the Scream erotic parody MOAN (Vivid Man, 1999). David Thompson was active on the social circuit and I vividly recall when he and fellow performer Kurt Young were the industry’s A-list power couple. Offscreen, he was devoted to teaching, dancing and entertaining; he organized a dance troupe that was called Showboys which even produced a porn spinoff or two. For a number of years, he also ran a very successful small business that organized (non-adult) entertainment for parties and other events. When he died, he had been teaching English as a Second Language and Theatre Arts classes; it’s good to know that he continued to pursue his passions. I remember him fondly, and will continue to do so. My condolences to his family, friends and fans.