Alex Riley, who rose to prominence in the adult industry appearing in Helix productions, has died at the age of 22.

The young performer had won awards like GayVN’s Best Newcomer in 2020, and was loved by his fans, co-stars, and boyfriend, fellow performer Jacob Hansen.

Riley’s last post on Instagram is from December 2020, showing a hike he and Hansen took in their new home state of Arizona:

His last tweet on May 7 expressed love for his brother and mother:

An official statement from Helix Studios was posted Thursday morning. “We are heartbroken over the loss of Alex Riley, one of the most vibrant and talented young performers we’ve ever had the privilege to work with,” it reads. “Please respect his family’s privacy during this devastatingly difficult time. We love you, rest in peace Alex.”

Jacob Hansen shared photos of the couple and expressed his love, writing, “To all of Alex’s friends and fans.. on Monday I got a phone call from Alex’s best friend that Alex passed away early Sunday Morning. Rest In peace babe you will always be part of me no matter where my life takes me.”

No cause of death has been made public as of yet.

Fans have been expressing their disbelief and sadness over the news:

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