Following a reported “argument with a friend,” former gay adult film performer Bo Dean (real name Michael) was shot in the chest last month in New Orleans and has subsequently become paralyzed from the waist down.
A GoFundMe campaign has been mounted by a woman named Melanie who writes Dean is her “dear friend, best friend… whom I love and cherish.”
Dean is still in recovery at the University Medical Center, where he was sent after the shooting on Nov. 28.
The bullet damaged his spinal cord, causing paralysis from the waist down.
According to the fundraising page, Dean does not have insurance and has no income.
He has “no way to pay the mounting medical bills and other related expenses (medicines, wheelchair, treatments, rehabilitation etc. etc.). This unfortunate incident happened right after we lost our home and was destroyed by a fire. We’ve lost pretty much everything and had to start from scratch,” the page reads.
Dean performed for a number of gay porn studios including CocksureMen, NextDoor, Raging Stallion, Men.com and Jake Cruise Hot House between 2009 and 2011.
As of this post, the page has raised $1,125 of the $50k goal.
That’s horrible news
Waiting for the comments about how being a porn performer leads to this kind of situation. Trolls in 3… 2… 1…
In seriousness, this is a terrible personal tragedy for him and his family (as it would be for anyone). Wish him the best of luck.
Michael J. Stratton
Aaron McCoy FYI Did you see this?
God help him
Oh my! What a terrible State for medical care; thank you Governor, for blocking Obamacare. That $1500 raised would have easily given him health insurance for a year.
@RIGay: Ah you must be talking about Piyush.
If he is truly without income, whatever state he is in, given the severity of the injury, he will be covered by Medicaid. Additionally, if he was visiting New Orleans, but was a resident of California, for example, he’d actually be covered under California rules as that is his state of residence.
Wish him well.. has not been a good yr for porn actors..
ok….. as a Canadian/Brit, this is what i find so disgusting about America. A guy gets shot. Then has to pay hospital bills for being shot. it’s a completely and literally foreign concept to me. this is what universal healthcare is for, i mean MY GOD.
“No insurance”? What about “Obamacare”? Oh, right – this is Louisiana. Thanks Gov. Jindal.
I hope he’s still able to use that big piece at least
Sad. Hang in there!
This is terrible for him
He can’t feel his penis anymore. How ironic.
Stop posting on porn stars. Smh…
With time and therapy, I hope he is able to rebuild his life.
What sort of friend shoots someone? I hope they catch and prosecute the person who did this.
@AtticusBennett: you idiot. british healthcare NHS is the reason you guys have such good teeth.
@AtticusBennett: Even if you did have command of the Queen’s English, we still wouldn’t care what you think of us. Green snaggle toothed, Beanie Wienie for breakfast eating, ancient Greek artifact stealing, elephant earred prince ruling, crumpet sucker.
I agree with you Atticus.
What a shame–so hot!
He’ll be alright. Spinal cord injuries and wheelchairs aren’t the end of the world. 17 years and counting here! Fell off of a cliff and broke my back when I was 19. Good luck to ya Bo Dean! First year is the toughest.
Lance W. Lewis
This is sad to hear but it is not the end of existence. There are many paralyzed men out there that are in all fields of work. Hopefully you will still be the same person you’ve always been.
This is so sad
And why do gay porn stars end up dead or in court?
I need a documentary on this.
Cärl Ê Dàv?d
Back to good old pornstars
Sorry to hear what happened to him.
Wtf is happening to all the stars?!?!
Does anyone know what happened to his shooter?
He is in my prayers, I’ll donate what I can
Yes, most Americans believe in paying for services rendered. Perhaps that is a foreign concept to you.
It’s touching that you are so interested in American gay culture, but if you haven’t noticed, Americans generally don’t give a shit about Canada nor their subpar healthcare.
Probably because our “Dad hates us and we come from shitty families.”
David Andrew Roubideaux
This is such sad news! And i hope to God he gets better soon. 🙁
Despite it’s problems, the British NHS is still one of the top 10 healthcare systems in the world. Guess where the US is? Hint: nowhere near top 10.
There’s really no need for the xenophobia on display in some of these comments, especially when they are factually incorrect.
What kind of friend did he have who turned around and shot him? Doesn’t sound like a friend… And people keep defending porn saying this chit isn’t seedy. Pfft.
MacAdvisor Do not make assumptions based on information you do not know to be fact. Bo is NOT a resident of Louisana and therefore can NOT get Medicade. He also is NOT a California resident and has not been for sometime, therefore the same applies to MediCal. When you are in the process of transition and have not legally registered a new residence (gotten an id) within whatever state you move to, state funded insurance becomes tricky and nobody seems to have an answer. Also regaurdless of any of that mess an electric wheelchair will not be provided, only a manual one. For someone that has to sit in it the rest of their life that is a nightmare. I do not appreciate you discrediting this fund as it 100% is neccasary to get him through this. If you have never been at the mercy of a hospital without insurance please don’t comment about statefunded programs. The reality is healthcare for the uninsured in this country is a mess and even with Obamacare you are still treated as a second class citizen. If you don’t believe me the next time you require hospital assistance tell them you are uninsured and see the difference in your care.
id rather be shot in the new orleans than the balls
How Sad. Sending Prayers
@o.codone: At least your hospitl bills get paid. Here in Germany everyone has insurance. As retiree, without work or with any kind of disability the state will make sure that your insurance is paid. No one has to worry about loosing their existence. As Employee you have to pay 15% of your befor-tax income and you, your partner and the kids are insured. I never met anybody who prefer living without this security.
@Captain Obvious: Well said. I hope he has a fast recovery, and gets out of porn and being a hooker.
@Alistair Wiseman: You shush up ! Wise and strong gay Atticus made me very self-aware to how self-hating I am because……….my daddy hates meeee!!! daddy daddy…I tried to prove I’m a man by being as anti-trans anti-femme as you are !! why don’t you love me like the Millers dooooo ???? !! (sob…)
Two things wrong with the US
(A) easy access to guns
(B) no access to free healthcare
Unless this is sorted out – your cooked
Now watch how all those porn companies, who he made so much money for, sit back and don’t donate a dime to this poor guy. The porn industry is a horrible, dehumanizing business. They use you up and then throw you in the trash.
My heart breaks for this man and Bo has always seemed so nice and genuine hes never come across as homophobic or bigoted in anyway.
I hope with time he can heal and hopefully one day soon they will be able to cure those who are paralyzed .
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