Gay-for-pay adult film star Tyler Sky dies at 26

Adult film star and model Tyler Sky has passed way.

Sky, whose real name was Hunter Freeman, who worked with several studios including Next Door Studios, FraternityX, Guys in Sweatpants, and more died of cardiac arrest on Sunday, though the news of his death has just been announced. He was 26 years old.

Freeman was discovered in New York on Sunday morning after suffering cardiac arrest. He leaves behind a wife and two children. His family says they are unable to afford a funeral. provide for the funeral for Freeman’s body. As such, Freeman’s brother has launched a GoFundMe Page to raise money to cover the cost of cremation and to have a goodbye ceremony.

Several friends and family members of Freeman have posted online statements in remembrance of him, including fellow performer, and founder of Colby Knox, Colby Chambers, who tweeted:

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  • Donston

    I’m sorry for the guy and his family’s loss. However, I remain disturbed that pretty much all “gay media” is still obsessed with sex workers and porn performers. And of course, they mostly focus on one of them when someone has died, has been killed, has killed themselves, gone to prison, has some sort of breakdown or said something egregiously stupid.

    • ChrisK

      I hear you Don but lets face it. Do you think Queerty or most of the readers would give 2 flying f*cks if either of us kicked it? Average folks don’t count like the tree falling in the forest and not making a sound saying.

    • ChrisK

      Then again just say on Reddit you’re confused straight guy that likes to party and suck d*ck all the time. OD and wham. Queerty will feature your life. Well, one writer we know of will:)

    • Danny595

      “Do you think . . . the readers would give 2 flying f*cks if either of us kicked it?”

      We absolutely would care if you kicked it, ChrisK! We would all celebrate for days! Then we would miss your entertaining posts pushing promiscuity and effeminacy.

    • Heywood Jablowme

      @Donston: It’s a basic rule of journalism. “Dog bites man” is not news. “Man bites dog” is news. Who’s going to write a story about a drug-free, smart, well-adjusted porn star? (Assuming there ARE any.) There’s no incentive to report on that.

      @ChrisK: Awww. I’d miss you ChrisK. :(

      @Danny595: ChrisK promotes effeminacy? Really? I know he promotes sluttiness but when did he promote effeminacy?

    • ChrisK

      Ahhh…I so appreciate that Heywood Jablowme. Yep. Guilty as charged. I support sluttiness 100%. However the effeminacy isn’t my thing. No judgment on that either.

    • surreal33

      Danny595 I love you!!!

    • Brody

      Danny595 –

      I would like to shake your hand and buy you a beer.
      Well done, sir.

    • Heywood Jablowme

      @Brody: Ri-i-i-ight. When people make a few harmless jokes about Melania Trump (a public figure in a legal sense), you call them “seething haters.” Now you’re gleefully imagining ChrisK’s DEATH but I suppose you don’t think of yourself as a “hater.”

      Anyway, I’m guessing that prim & proper church ladies like Danny & surreal don’t drink beer. Beer can lead to lowered inhibitions (gasp) and lead straight to drug addiction and all manner of crime! This was well-documented by experts back in the 1920s.

    • ChrisK

      Well, lets see. I got the 3 little trolls of hate (Danny595, Surreal, Brody) all joking about my death. I must be doing something right. Lol

      This is why conservatives are never as funny as they think.

    • Danny595

      Excuse me, but you are the one who brought up the subject of your death. You can’t bring it up and then object to people talking about it. Also, what you call “sluttiness” is actually long-term promiscuity, and it destroys human life and health. When you kick it, not one of the dozens, scores, or hundreds of strangers with whom you have copulated will mourn you. Or even think about you. They didn’t love your or care about you, and they won’t care when you are gone.

  • richard2179

    Wow, you all need to meet my hot friend called “Empathy.” Now would not be the best time for a tirade on the adult media industry. i recommend you remove your hearts from your chests, put them in a microwave oven, set on defrost and re-insert.

  • Juanjo

    What Richard2179 said is spot on. You girls are carping because you think if you were to drop dead no one would notice? Might be true and might not. Try it and let’s see what happens!

    In the meanwhile it is unfortunate that this young man died. It is going to be hard for his family. I wish them peace and hopefully better times to come..

    • ChrisK

      At least before they were well known guys and gay. I think that was the point. No one’s saying it isn’t tragic.

    • ChrisK

      Porn star deaths that is.

  • Donston

    Where did I bytch about people not caring if I died or even bytch about the “adult entertainment industry”? As I mentioned, I’m sorry for his death and for his family’s loss. I just resent that “gay media” is obsessed with promoting sex work and porn and obsessed with using the most sensational aspects of that “lifestyle” for clicks while also being unwilling truly get inside the makings of that culture and in the minds of the people who partake in it. It all comes off as very insincere and shallow.

    • Juanjo

      Who said you did? Your buddy however said “Do you think Queerty or most of the readers would give 2 flying f*cks if either of us kicked it? “

    • Ari Gold

      It’s a story about someone dying. In what way is this promoting sex work and porn for clicks?

  • tham

    So a young porn star died of a drug overdose….the only thing that this leaves me with is “do porn stars ever died because of old age?”

    • Juanjo

      The obit says heart failure. Were you at the coroner’s inquest?

    • surreal33

      Seriously Juanjo the odds of a 26-year-old dying of heart failure without drugs or alcohol involved are not likely, to say the least. Especially given the fact the gay porn industry is teeming with drugs and self-destruction.

    • Brody

      Juanjo –

      Yeah, sure, natural causes at age 26.
      And Hillary was honest, and transvestites are women, and Obama was the greatest leader ever, and white people are racist, and statues make you feel all icky inside, right?
      I’m beginning to sense a distinct pattern of absurdity here . . .

    • Kangol

      The legendary Peter Berlin is getting up there, so I guess when he leaves this earthly plane the answer will be yes.

    • WillParkinson

      Brody and Surreal, you’re being an absolute ass. People die young all the time from undetected heart defects and the like. And it’s funny how Brody bring politics into a conversation about a young man dying.

      Could it have been something else? Sure. Could it be exactly what they said? Yes. Regardless, a man died. Try to have some compassion, or is that too much to ask?

    • DCguy

      Oh Look, one of Mo Bro’s other screenames “Brody” is such an anti-lgbt trump troll that he even tries to post anti-Hillary stuff on a story about a gay porn star dying.

      Hope they’re paying you well over in that Moldovan bot farm where your cubicle is.

  • tr6886

    I am sorry for hear that, but I put my donation into his wife’s pocket. When will gay men learn lessons and stop being abused as ATM for those gay for pay or “Bi” men , I mean straights disguised as bi ?

    • tr6886

      but I won’t put my donation into his wife’s pocket

  • Heywood Jablowme

    “Sky, whose real name was Hunter Freeman…”

    He had a porn name to begin with.

    • Bob Scardino

      You’ve got a pretty interesting name yourself. And I probably would.

  • Bob LaBlah

    My condolences to the family. I won’t go into his choice of scenes but will say he was a hot performer with his most memorable movie to me was with Austin Wilde. I am so glad to hear he had a kid. He will live on because of the kid. He was smart and looked down the road. RIP kid.

  • lelandjr

    Colby Knox made enough profit off this kid to live, eat and drink well, why doesn’t he pay for a whole proper funeral and let the “Go Fund Me” donations go directly to his wife and kids which they will desperately need now. What do you say Colby?

    • stevetalbert

      Maybe the wife can do porn.

  • JaredMacBride

    Calling him “gay for pay” seems to presume he wasn’t bisexual. It doesn’t play into fantasies as well, but bisexual is probably a more accurate description for a lot of these kids.

  • martin_erickson

    What a tragic story. As the father of a son born with multiple heart defects, and who died at age 35, it’s easy to imagine an underlying, undiagnosed physical condition may have led to his demise. My prayers, concern, and meager contribution are for his surviving family. Whatever circumstances led to their lack of funds, that situation is appalling evidence of our society’s brokenness.

    • Kangol

      Beautiful sentiments. Thank you for them, and I wholeheartedly agree.

    • Rio50

      Your words move me. Thank you.

  • Bryguyf69

    Here is his of his official obituary and funeral page. Full of religiosity and no mention of his porn career. it is unknown whether any post alluding to his porn life was censored, or whether no such messages were ever left. The same is true of his GoFundMe page. Although I had never heard of him, we recently came into a lot of money and wanted to contribute. However, they had already exceeded their goal of $4000 and the many religious postings, including one from the campaign’s founder (his brother) were a turnoff. I wonder if any of his porn colleagues and fans showed up to today’s memorial in North Carolina. And if they did, I wonder how they were treated.

  • Rock Star

    It’s all show biz.

  • darren michaels

    The truly unfortunate part of this story is the individuals who have virtually no knowledge of the actual facts make a point of guessing. We all deserve a little bit of courtesy in life and in death. Because we all know someone who might have overdosed doesn’t mean that the same is true of Mr.Freeman.
    Unfortunately, cardiac arrest is becoming a more common reality amongst young men. Many of those men are athletic, very healthy, fit and have virtually no experience at all with the party drugs that have been suggested. Steroids are whats causing the greatest concerns. Guys in their early 20’s and 30’s who would otherwise be overlooked as a traditional cardiac patient are experiencing medical reactions of men twice their age.

  • BGinBigD

    Please, queens, if there is ONE person who actually believes Tyler Sky died of “natural cardiac arrest”, then they need to be slapped. I don’t care how old you are, NO ONE has heard of a “healthy” 26 year old dying of cardiac arrest. IT WAS THE RESULT OF A DRUG OVERDOSE. I’m not a medical examiner and I don’t need one. Any 26 year old porn star suddenly dying from cardiac arrest was a drug addict. Conversation over.

  • Bradsman

    Too bad, he was cute. It seems like there’s a higher mortality rate for gay porn performers who come from a religious background in the South. Or maybe they all do. Anyway someone should do a study.

  • WindsorOntario

    Just a second here…first this not-gay guy fleeces any gay man possible to finance his lifestyle through porn and exploiting many of us who are lonely, without the resources to move to a city where we can actually meet and be with other gay men with similar interests, etc…but now there is a go fund me page for this not-gay guy who used our community for his financial gain…GTFO. These people have made money off of gay loneliness depression and isolation for too long.

    Not a cent. Deal with your dead straight dad and husband with your own pennies. The gay community has given those people enough.

  • frankcar1965

    How about some of that porn money he made to pay for the funeral. My bet is that he snorted it up his nose. I feel sorry for the kid but not for the wife, she knew what she was getting into.

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