Celebrating Erik Rhodes 1982-2012

Erik Rhodes – 1982 – 2012

It is with great sadness that we have confirmed the passing of Porn Superstar, Erik Rhodes.  Erik died of a heart attack in his sleep this morning at 5:30 AM EDT.   Rhodes had been a Falcon Exclusive for all but one scene in his entire career, and he rose quickly to Mega-Star status after his first DVD Super Soaked was released in 2004.

Chris Ward, Falcon/Raging Stallion Studios President offered the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by Erik’s passing.  He was a part of our family and we are devastated.  Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”

Friend and Falcon/Raging Stallion VP of Production, who worked with Erik for the entirety of his career, Adam Q. Robinson added, ““Erik was a stunning man and a bigger than life performer, who always gave 110% in his performances. He projected a man of steel on the outside, but he was as sweet as a teddy bear on the inside. He’s been a close friend for the past 8 years and will be deeply missed.”

Studio Statement:

“It is with utmost sadness that we make the announcement of Erik Rhodes’ passing.  We offer our condolences to Erik’s family, friends and loved ones.  He was a genuine and caring man with extraordinary attractiveness and a massive muscled frame.  Erik was an equally beautiful human being who lit up a room, and brought fun and joy to our studio and his fans that was unparalleled.  He was a giving person with a special wit, and he put his all into every performance.  He wanted to give his fans the best he could every single time he stepped in front of the camera.  Rest in peace, Erik and know that we are celebrating your life and your achievements, but we will miss you and all the special moments you have given us forever.”

Born in Long Island, New York in 1982, Erik recently celebrated his 30th birthday. Rhodes began his career with Falcon by signing as an Exclusive in September of 2004 at the age of 22, shooting only one scene prior to joining the Falcon team, and he had remained an exclusive ever since.  Erik also directed eight Mustang Studios titles during his career.  He recently began shooting with Raging Stallion Studios after it merged with Falcon in early 2011.  His videography includes over 40 scenes filmed over the last 8 years.

Please join us in Celebrating Erik Rhodes by adding you thoughts and wishes to the comments below.  Here is a retrospective gallery of images of Erik throughout his career at Falcon/Raging Stallion (we will be adding more images as the day progresses)!


  1. Jake A

    June 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Erik was one of my favorites. Can’t believe he’s gone.

  2. Paul

    June 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Rest in peace James and my condolences to your family and friends. I only wish you would have been happier in life.

  3. TJ

    June 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    RIP Erik!! I love your work and you will truly be missed! As many hardships you may have faced, you are in a better place now with no worries or pain! You will be truly missed <3

  4. Joe Perez

    June 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Am saddened by the news. Sure he had his moments… who doesn’t… but he really was a genuine good soul (in the body of a god). I hope he finds his peaceful Summerlands. 🙁

  5. Phil

    June 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I always liked him as a performer, but hearing about his serious substance abuse problems, from recreational to steroids, it was always on the cards. 30 year old men don’t die of heart attacks, but this seems to be a common theme from porn stars who die. It is a shame he didn’t stop abusing drugs. He was such a likable guy!!!!! Maybe people will read about him and hopefully we can put a stop to the rampant recreational drug use among young gay men. The big teddy bear will always be remembered fondly by his fans. It’s such a shame that his life ended this way. Thoughts are with his close friends and family and lover for their tragic loss.

  6. RJ

    June 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    RIP Erik Rhodes… My thoughts go out to your family and friends at this difficult time… I will miss you…

  7. jon leonard

    June 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    my sympathy for his family. he was so young and a fantastic artist…and he will be greately missed;

  8. Clark

    June 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I got to meet Erik when he was just starting out. We shared an elevator at IML in Chicago and i ran into him later in the evening in the hotel lobby. He started talking because he recognized me and I got to spend the better part of the whole IML/Leather Market/Grabby weekend getting to know him. Never did the conversation turn to porn or sex and when people would come up to him for a photo he’d just look at me and wink. He was great at ‘being’ Erik Rhodes. We kept in touch via email and chat now and then over the years and I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know the man behind the image and the screen.
    My most sincere condolences to his family, brother, and friends.

  9. Rod Whitman

    June 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    This is sad news. Erik was beautiful and talented and, it seems, had ambitions which he wanted to fulfill.

    Life is far too short…

    Deepest of condolences to his family and friends. May the fond memories of him provide a touch of comfort at this time of loss.

    May his passing remind us of the fragility of this existence and the utter importance to show love for each other…

    …Because when all is said and done it is that which we as human beings desire most – to be loved understood and cared for.

    If we practice this, we mark his passing well and honor his life.

  10. Shadow Sterling

    June 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Rhodes but I did read his blog and tumblr which was difficult at times but he expressed himself eloquently. My condolences to all who knew and loved him.

  11. Jake Taite

    June 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Erik is an amazing performer, and will be missed by many friends, family, and fans. Rest in peace stud.

  12. Yo

    June 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Sad. He was one of my favorites, both on and off screen. Don’t come more honest. Rest in peace, my brother.

  13. Michael

    June 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    RIP Eric Rhodes/James. You were a great person that did great work.
    You were loved and will be missed. Be at peace and thank you!

  14. Luiska

    June 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Mi más sentido pesame, descanse en paz, condolencias a su familia y amigos.

  15. Troy

    June 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I always related to,James and never missed his updates on his blog. Maybe his death will motivate me to get off drugs. As he did I do everything else but drink. Most performers don’t put themselves out there and let you know what’s really ticking in his brain.
    As a twin,my thoughts go out to his brother. Like James mine is straight and my best friend since birth.

  16. Jeremy

    June 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    He was not just a porn star but he was a great guy with a nice smile, warm heart and deep personalities. I’ve been reading his blog and his tweets, which made me very surprised and excited to know that this is a GREAT gentlemen. It’s really sad knowing that you’re gone, but I believe you’re going to heaven because that is the place for a big-hearted guy like you.

    RIP Erik Rhodes!

    We all miss u…

  17. Rob Romoni

    June 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to Erik’s family, friends, bf and scores of fans around the world.

    Erik was big in stature and personality and was one -of -a -kind and I am blessed to have known him and have him as a friend for so long.

    I will truly miss Erik.

    Rob Romoni

  18. NutBuster Blog

    June 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Sad to see you go big guy. At least now the pain is gone and your soul is at rest. To everyone reading this please spread love, not hate. Treat everyone how you want to be treated and try to make the best of this life. We are only here for a very short time. And if you know someone that is in pain, please do anything you can to try to help them. Don’t ignore them. Don’t give up. Love you all

  19. Kurt

    June 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Rest In Peace. You are an inspiration. An honest open human being. Your blog says things i am too afraid to say. I love you.

  20. Tom S

    June 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I can’t believe this. Not Erik. He was everything and not just a porn star. Words escape me really at this time.

  21. Brandon G

    June 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Rest in peace, dude. I didn’t know you but I totally enjoyed your work! You’re a hot dude and you’re life ended far, far too soon. Hopefully you get a chance at another one.

  22. James Cannady

    June 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    i can’t believe what i heard about the passing of Erik Rhodes. He was one hell of a performer. He is on my top five list of my favorite performers in adult films of all time. He will be missed.

  23. Marcelis Labeye

    June 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Sincères condoléances à toute la famille et amis d’Eric Rhodes.Il restera dans notre coeur ainsi qu’en images.Artie et Marcel de Belgiue.

  24. Brian

    June 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm


  25. Mao

    June 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    The most shocking news I got this morning, farewell…

  26. Chad Hunt

    June 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I loved your spirit Erik. U could always be relied upon to make sets fun and interesting. Your dedication to your craft is what others should strive to achieve. I miss u my friend. I simply hope your soul is at peace and u have found happiness in eternity.

  27. Zee Jai

    June 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    He was so refreshingly unpretentious, and incredibly open. I first saw him in the behind-the-scene feature included on the Heaven To Hell DVD, and was just charmed by his banter with Matthew Rush. Clearly, a sweet giant, as Chi Chi La Rue said of him.

  28. Eduardo

    June 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    R.I.P Erik… you will be missed SO MUCH! :’)

  29. Ron

    June 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Drugs once again has destroyed what was beautiful, and cut short a life that held such promise. You Will Be Missed Erik!

  30. RC

    June 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    You make me many good moments! I will miss you so much!

  31. Land Brazil

    June 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    RIP Erik Rhodes… My thoughts go to you… I will miss you…Forever!!

  32. Kelly

    June 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I’m very very saddend to hear of Erik’s passing. I really enjoy watching him in his movies. He was such a beatiful man with great talents. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Hope you can rest in peace my friend. You will truely be missed buddy.

  33. Roca Arno

    June 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Just met you Once during LAZombie shooting …. You seemed as Sweet as you were big … As Fragile as you looked strong : May you rest in peace …

    I was a One time Movie “hands On ” producer for Bruce Labruce ,Also In charge of the Wardrobe and the still shots because of the very low budget ….. This Very last production Day was a Nightmare … Erik’s Harnese was way to small for his huge built …. Fake blood was sticky and there were no bathroom around …. Blab was in a killer Mood …. But Mister Rhodes remained in an equal soft and gentle mood all day long …. A very long day that is now to be remenbered a soft souvenir .

    Some pictures there : http://xnotdead.com/index.php?page=voir&tit=ERIK%20RHODES%20:%201982-2012&id=505&categorie=

  34. Casey

    June 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I first began talking with Erik before Super Soaked came out. I have traded emails with him often since. Erik was one of the sweetest men I ever talked to. My heart was broken when I learned of his passing. All of his family, friends, and fans are in my prayers. Rest in Peace, Erik. You truly touched our lives.

  35. C-Lo

    June 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm


    As I knew Him & will Forever Remeber him as…. Being your Roommate in West Babylon NY. I met you at age 19 you were to me like a younger brother, The times I would make your favorite breakfast back than Apple Jacks… I have all pics before you hit it big time & lost touch with me. Jeff & I tried to help you back than…. I am numb to have learned of your death…. So young…. Your Free from all your Pain & Sadness but you will forever live in our hearts. Words simply cannot say How I miss those days…. RIP James XOXOXO
    Sleep with the Angels…… :_(

  36. Anthony

    June 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    It saddens me to learn that you are no longer with us.. You where truly an amazing guy with a bug heart A BIG softy! May you rest in peace James Elliot! <3
    We only met a few times but it was a pleasure having conversed with you and thank you for your honesty. Xoxo

  37. Kelly

    June 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Eric you will be totally and completely missed by so many. I thank you for all you have done for your industry, but for your community. It is without doubt you soared as a Falcon and you are soaring even higher as an angel.

  38. Alberto

    June 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    To think i had a chance to walk up to him and say hi that one time i saw him walking in NYC. I will never get that chance again. My heart, prayers and thoughts go to the Falcon Family who knew him and loved him. My condolences to his fans, family and friends.


  39. Gavin

    June 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I’m devastated more than I thought I could be for someone who I only knew by jacking off to his videos and reading his interviews, blogs, etc.

    I guess Erik Rhodes is the first gay porn star to die who shared a lot of himself through the New Media that I actually liked and cared about.

    I could relate to him. He was hilarious and vulnerable. Honest. He made me care about him.


  40. Carlos Gomez

    June 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    we are going to miss you big baby boy
    rest in peace

  41. stephen marlowe

    June 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I was very saddened to hear about the death of Erik. In fact it is unbelievable that such a strong virile guy like him has been taken from us at such an early age… He will be greatly missed especially at Raging Stallion/Falcon…. h e will never be forgotten… Deepest sympathy to his partner and family.. RIP Erik…… Stephen in Amsterdam…

  42. Direk

    June 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

    you’ll be in my heart forever Erik.

  43. Chin Lowl

    June 15, 2012 at 12:44 am

    RIP ERIK! I thought you were an awesome looking god among men. I never knew this my god had clay feet. Love and cherish you forever bro

  44. Daniel Medina

    June 15, 2012 at 12:51 am

    It’s always said 2 say goodbye 2 some 1 who worked very hard im very sad that we wont b able 2 see this great person work ever again i hope his family,friends, and every 1 that was closed 2 him can find peace in there hearts, i will keep him in my prays daily 4 his soul could b in peace my GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS

  45. Mathew

    June 15, 2012 at 12:58 am

    My deepest condolances to his friends and family in this sad time. He will be missed

  46. Anthony Cordovez

    June 15, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Death Is Nothing At All
    Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room I am I and you are you Whatever we were to each othe That we are still ,Call me by my old familiar name, Speak to me in the easy way you always used, Put no difference into your tone, Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow, Laugh as we always laughed At the little jokes we always enjoyed together Play, smile, think of me, pray for me Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort ,Without the ghost of a shadow in it, Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was, There is absolute unbroken continuity What is death but a negligible accident ,Why should I be out of mind Because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you for an interval, Somewhere very near All is well Nothing is past; nothing is lost One brief moment and all will be as it was before How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again.

    I hope this poem helps those who where close to James.. Family and friends..

    My prayers are with him, his Family,brother sisters.

    Xoxo you will be remembered J.E.N

  47. Andy

    June 15, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I’m so shocked , it always seems so wrong when someone dies so young . You can’t really know someone from photos and videos , the real pain must be for his friends and family . All I can say is I will miss the way Erik always made me smile . And that’s all we can really hope to do for others in this life . Thanks Erik .

  48. Carlos

    June 15, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I’m sorry to hear of his passing, I’m sorry he wasn’t able to get the help he needed.

  49. RedskyBlackDream

    June 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

    This song is in memory of you. I won’t say how I know you on the net but I will say I can’t sleep and you will be missed. I can’t wait to see you again one day. Rest peacefully, my friend. “Marilyn Monroe – Nicki Minaj” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OWwJVGg5lo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  50. James L Dean

    June 15, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Even though i never knew him personalty , i think in a way i did because of what he gave me an others, as i sit here just waking up to the sad news my heart is deeply sadden for his passing an my thoughts an prayers go out to his family his friends an all who had the true blessings of knowing his heart an his kindness, i will truly miss him in spirit, an in life, he was an amazing man.

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