Falcon Studios contract star Erik Rhodes, 30, died at 5:30 a.m. this morning in New York from a heart attack during his sleep.
“It is with utmost sadness that we make the announcement of Erik Rhodes’ passing,” the company said in a press release. “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.”
Rhodes began his career with Falcon by signing as an exclusive in September 2004 at the age of 22, shooting only one scene prior to joining the Falcon team. He remained an exclusive ever since. Rhodes 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 more than 40 scenes filmed over the past eight years.
He was also a troubled man, by many accounts, struggling with drugs and depression.
“My name is James … I have worked in the adult entertainment industry for the last 7 years of my life under the name Erik Rhodes. I’m not sure how I ended up here, and I don’t know how I have survived this long … all I do know is that it can a very lonely place and sometimes I need a blog to get shit off my chest. So take it or leave it … here it is,” reads the profile on his Tumblr blog “Erik Rhodes: A Romance With Misery.”
Many of his blog posts and several of the comments left on his blog refer to his drug use, and recent binges.
“My cycle right now … 3000 mg of Test Enanthate a week, 2500 mg of Nandrolone Decaonate and 300 mg of Trenbolone Acetate. With 5iu of Human Growth Hormone everyday,” Rhodes replied. “I’m waiting until I pop. Or my liver fails … which ever comes first.”
To see most of his movies click here and find him under “Raging Stallion”