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“You Don’t Know How It Feels”

RIP Tom Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)

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“Purple Rain”

RIP Prince Rogers Nelson (June 07, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

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“Starman”

RIP David Bowie (January 08, 1947 – January 10, 2016)

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“The Lazy Song”

RIP Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015)

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“But Alive”

Remember that time when Lauren Bacall got down at a groovy gay bar in Greenwich Village? From a 1973 TV broadcast, Bacall recreates her Tony Award-winning performance as Margo Channing in Applause, a musical based on the Bette Davis classic All About Eve.

RIP Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014)

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The Fisher King waltz

That scene from The Fisher King when Robin Williams sees the love of his life (Amanda Plummer) at Grand Central Station.

RIP Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

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“Perfect Day”

RIP Lou Reed (March 2 1942 – October 27, 2013).

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“Don’t Stop Believing”

This is how fans of The Sopranos will always remember James Gandolfini. As Tony Soprano, a pugilistic mob boss who went out, not with a bang, but with a basket of onion rings while listening to Journey during a night out with the wife and kids.


James Gandolfini died today
of a possible heart attack while vacationing in Italy.

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“I Touch Myself”

And a belated RIP to Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett, who died of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis back in April.

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Dirk Shafer — Now & then

Dirk Shafer

Dirk Shafer played it straight back in 1992 after being crowned Playgirl‘s Man of the Year, then he stoked a minor media firestorm by coming out — an experience he lampooned in the mockumentary Man of the Year, which he wrote and directed.

Playgirl catches up with Dirk — now 50 and a Pilates instructor — 20 years later in its Fall 2012 issue. He gets a 16-page photo spread, and he’s interviewed by his friend Lucy Lawless. Yes, that Lucy Lawless. More nude photos of Dirk from then and now after the jump…

UPDATE:

RIP Dirk Shafer (November 7, 1962 – March 5, 2015)

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“Take My Breath Away”

RIP Tony Scott (1944 – 2012)

The man who directed one of the gayest movies about straight people, director Tony Scott, died on Sunday after jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge into Los Angeles Harbor. According to Quentin Tarantino in a famous tongue-in-cheek rant from the movie Sleep With Me, Scott’s definitive ’80s action flick Top Gun was a story about a man’s struggle with his own homosexuality.

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Erik Rhodes – RIP (1982 – 2012)

Erik Rhodes

Well, this is disappointing. But if you were familiar with his blog, it’s hardly a shock. Erik Rhodes died — exactly like Brett Mycles — of a heart attack in his sleep early Thursday morning.

I’m actually surprised by the widespread coverage his death is receiving, but Gay Porn Times reminds us he was a big enough star that Loehmann’s hired him for an ad campaign that gave a wink and a nudge to gay porn fans. Also, his association with Marc Jacobs (before Harry Louis came along) gave so much material to New York’s gossip rags.

UPDATE: His death even got the attention of The New York Times.

Here’s a roundup of the reaction:

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“How Deep Is Your Love”

It’s been a bad week for disco legends. Robin Gibb (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) of the Bee Gees. They helped define the ’70s with their Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and became a walking punchline when disco died. But Gibb and his brothers continued to compose music for pretty much every major pop star of the past several decades.

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“At Last”

RIP Etta James (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012)

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