Thursday, November 26, 2009

Rest in Peace, Nick


1994 – JOEY STEFANO, American porn actor, died (b. 1968); an American porn star. He was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His real name was Nicholas Anthony Iacona, Jr.

After several years of hustling and drug use in NYC, Stefano moved to Los Angeles and enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom in Gay pornography. A notable reason for his popularity, besides his smoldering good looks, was his early mastery of the "hungry bottom" (sexually submissive but verbally demanding) persona. He was HIV positive. His image and success caught the attention of Madonna, who used him as a model in her 1992 book Sex.

During his lifetime, he was the subject of rumors (some spread by himself) regarding his relationships with prominent entertainment industry figures who were known to be Gay. At a May 1990 dinner and interview with Jess Cagle (Entertainment Weekly) and Rick X (Manhattan Cable TV's "The Closet Case Show"), Stefano discussed an alleged series of "dates" with David Geffen, who at one point implored Stefano to quit using drugs. After the videotaped interview appeared on Rick X's show, OutWeek Magazine "outed" Geffen, who went on to proudly announce his homosexuality at an AIDS fundraiser. Stefano died of an overdose of cocaine, morphine, heroin and ketamine at age 26. His body was taken back to Pennsylvania where he was buried next to his father.

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