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. Mark

    June 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Your memory will live on – RIP Erik

  2. Carlos C

    June 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

    La verdad que es un año pésimo….No me creo que haya fallecido y más aún a esa edad. Descansa en paz, que tu recuerdo entre quienes te admira(ba)mos no desparecerá.
    Mis más sentidas condolencias a la gran familia de la industria gay de la cual todos formamos parte y de la que hoy estamos un poco más faltos


    June 18, 2012 at 9:46 am


  4. natas666

    June 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    śpieszmy się kochać ludzi ,tak szybko odchodzą!

  5. matt

    June 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I’m so sad that James/Erick is gone. I met him at Fantasy years ago and never forgot him. He was truly unforgettable. So very sad.

  6. Kate

    June 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I am sad to see you go. I followed your blog and your career.
    Take care wherever you are !

  7. Michael Ross

    June 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I was in touch with Erik, (James)… for a future shot @ gay pride Ottawa, but was busy all the time. I got a cut-off kind of phone call, sometime a year ago. We talked so briefly.

    He was so intersted to come to Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal.


  8. guillermo cuevas

    June 21, 2012 at 7:57 am

    i agree with gavin:

    “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.

    i can’t say more, i am still in shock, he was for me more than a superstar… he was real, human, imperfect like all of us… he touched my heart and helped me even when he never knew it… i’d had to meet him, not erik, but james… tell him he wasn’t alone, he wasn’t the only one who felt so bad about himself, tell him there was a hope… now it’s late.
    from peru, i miss you, james.

  9. TONY

    June 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    god bless you Erik(James|) we all miss that cheeky smile but we know you will be smiling down on us all your fans loved you
    good night my friend may god have mercy on the soul of a star xx

  10. Rudy

    June 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Such sad news. I admired how direct and honest he always was.

    I loved his Live Shows for Falcon, and how he open he was when interacted with us. His last show, he stayed past the requisite hour because he said he was enjoying the chat.

    In my mind, he was the only real star Falcon had in the last decade. He will be missed.

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  12. Darryl

    June 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I am shocked and sad by the untimely passing of James.The sadness comes from the fact
    his passing reminds me of the passing of Jon Vincent.Both of their hearts I believe gave out
    before their beyond beautiful bodies for the wrong reasons.They were looking for something-
    something you can not get in the adult film industry.Maybe love,acceptance or what am I going to do when I grow up or old.Peace of mind and rest in peace to the both of you.

  13. aimilianos

    June 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Return often and take me , beloved sensation , return and take me – when the memory of the body awakens , and an old desire runs again through the blood ; when the lips and the skin remember , and the hands feel as if they touch again. Return often and take me at night , when the lips amd the skin remember… Constantinos Cavafis 1912

  14. Zack Smit

    June 27, 2012 at 3:53 am

    You are missed my friend all the way from south africa i am saddened by your passing, such a lovely man and i looked up at you. Will always remember you and in my heart your name and face will remain. love you

  15. CR costa rica

    July 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

    In a perfect World every men must be like him

  16. Jeff

    July 3, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Sexy, chiseled, gifted, talented and wise beyond his years…..So loved and adored, I just wish he could’ve accepted how much he gave to the world. I hope he has found peace and understands finally what a huge impact he made in the world. RIP James.

  17. Rafael

    July 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I’m so devastated with the news of the passing of megastar, Erik Rhodes. He is one of the most hunky and handsome men in gay porn. I regret that I ever had the chance to meet him in person. I only saw him on videos and his photos here on Falcon Studios. I will surely miss this very beautiful guy.

    Falcon Studios: Please find / discover a new very hunky, handsome and hung, megastar who will fill in the shoes of Erik Rhodes.

  18. SIReast

    October 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm


  19. gil

    November 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm


  20. 山口

    November 24, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Wow this is 2012 biggest shocker. I’m very sad for Rhode’s death. From reading his blog, I created a small space for him in my heart. I didn’t feel sad, nor did I pitty the man. I enjoyed the fact that he freely expressed himself to the public. I started to view him as a friend and inevitably stopped watching his videos and reading his blog to respect his thoughts and journal entries. Now the morning of 11/24, I find the only man in the porn industry who I knew to disassociate himself from a pornstar and portray himself as a person is now dead.
    I am happy to say that I managed to extend Rhodes’ life to this day. And, in those months of me unaware of his death, he continued to live, more than memories, but in the arms of his loved ones.
    I pour my bottle of Colt 45 to the ground in the memory of Rhodes. Hopefully you can now RIP.

  21. Brian

    December 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Erik, your physical presence is missed. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends. Your life will live on for many years in your film work. May you now have eternal peace.

  22. Paul

    January 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Why always the nice people die young. I am so so sad . Be happy wherever you are . You were the best . Xxxxx

  23. dean

    November 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I am so sad, bro..find the happiness there, RIP, dear

  24. Jim

    December 25, 2014 at 1:20 am

    You will be missed James aka Erik. I will forever remember you

  25. Joseph B.

    February 24, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Still remembering you, Erik. You were one of the biggest inspirations to accept my sexuality when I was a teenage boy. I was a young boy when I first discovered you and you were my first gay crush. Since you were so handsome, I looked at it as all gays were so handsome and was something to be proud of. I to this day still check your pictures from time to time and wish you were still with us. I live in NY now, I could’ve even ran into you one day if you were alive. Rest in peace. You are missed.

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