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Former Gay Porn Actor Billy Herrington Dead at 48

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(EDGE) Former gay porn actor Billy Herrington, whose real name was William Herrington, has died. He was 48.

Herrington's mother Kathleen Wood took to Facebook to confirm the death of her son, writing, "It is with a heavy and broken heart that I want to let everyone know, my son Billy Herrington has passed away."

 Gay porn producer and director Chi Chi LaRue said Herrington died in a car accident, Gay Porn Buzz (extremely NSFW) reports.

"Im sad to say, Billy unfortunately died as a result of a terrible terrible car accident," she said.

Born in North Babylon, New York, Herrington appeared in several gay porn films in the '90s and '00s. His porn career started after his girlfriend submitted photos of him to Playgirl magazine, which caught the eye of photographer Jim French.

A few years later, Herrington began filming gay porn for All Worlds Video, becoming one of the biggest gay porn actors of the '90s, performing for studios like Colt and Pacific Sun. He went on to appear in mainstream TV shows, including "Love Connection" and the "Ricki Lake" talk show.

Back in 2002, Herrington, who stood at 6 feet 1 inch, said being in gay porn helped him understand his bisexuality.

"It didn't trouble me in any respect, but I'm a coward. I didn't feel comfortable going to bars and just picking up men, going home with them and anything goes," he said at the time. "I didn't want to dive headlong into a relationship with a guy. I wanted to put my toe in the water first."

Herrington later went on to become an Internet meme after one of his erotic videos called "Workout" went viral on the Japanese video sharing website Niconico, where he was affectionally known as "Big Brother."


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