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Former Gay Porn Star Johnny Hazzard: “I Still Can’t Totally Explain Why I Survived”

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Does too much sex kill? Well, not directly, but the rash of deaths within the gay porn world seems to suggest otherwise. Some were health-related, while others were undisputedly self-inflicted. But sadly, they are gone. They were big players in the scene, and they were my friends. Being a recognizable face in this industry, many have asked me, ‘Johnny, how did they die?’ or, ‘Johnny, what’s going on in that world of yours?’ Then, most recently, writer and friend Brett Edward Stout asked me, ‘Johnny, how did you survive?’ I was speechless. I had no answer.

“How did I survive? We all faced the same challenges, so why am I still here when my friends are not? Even after taking days to think about it, I still can’t totally explain why I survived. Maybe it’s because my family supported me, or maybe it’s because I made good or lucky choices…There are no ‘porn stars’ anymore. And that could be a huge reason why we are losing some of the ‘big guys.’ Many didn’t have a way out or didn’t have goals for when the title stopped meaning as much…Maybe the only answer to the question of my survival is the collision of the aforementioned preparation and opportunity. Even so, I’m grateful I’m still here, and I miss those who are not.”

Frankie Valenti, aka former gay porn actor Johnny Hazzard, contemplates the porn industry as well as its recent tragic deaths and his own survival on The Huffington Post.