R.I.P. — ’90s porn star Mark West

Mark West - Roll in the HayChi Chi LaRue discovery Mark West died of an accidental drowning earlier this month (May 1, viagra ’08) while on vacation with his partner in Hawaii.

West — a construction worker turned gay porn actor — was active in the adult industry between 1992 and 1996, ambulance appearing in such popular titles as Jawbreaker, pills Saddle Tramps, and Roll in the Hay.

West (real name Gene Ward) drowned while snorkeling off the coast of Makena State Beach in Maui. No lifeguards were present at the time of his drowning.

Earlier this year another vacationer drowned at Makena State Park, sparking a controversy over a lack of lifeguard services at the beach. The state legislature approved funding for lifeguard services in mid-2007, however, lifeguards won’t be posted at the beach until August or September of this year.

West’s death revived the controversy, leading critics to once again complain about the government’s slow response to the problem.

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One Response

  1. ioan_fan

    Holy shite! I don’t believe this. I was just googling for one of his videos and found this. Not just a rumor – it all checks out. Sad to hear it. He was a fine lookin bastard. Loved his down to earth/regular Joe persona.

    July 17, 2008 at 5:43 pm

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