Hank Hightower leaning up against a chainlink fence.

Iconic ’90s gay adult film star Hank Hightower (whose real name was Henry Robert Hightower) has passed away. He was 57 years old.

Hightower’s close friend, Jeff Yarbrough, shared the sad news on Facebook yesterday, along with several photos of Hightower in his younger years.

“I was jolted awake by a text early this morning. One of the (few) special guys in my life lost a health battle today,” Yarbrough wrote. “Hank and I lived large, hard, and fast at an appropriate time for all that–late 1990s–after a sh*t ton of our friends had died of AIDS.”

“As per his wishes, he died at home surrounded by his two pups. He passed peacefully. Memorial details will be sent in a few weeks. … I will always hold you close, HH, and happy trails.”

Born in California on October 12, 1966, Hightower appeared in dozens of adult films throughout the ’90s and early ’00s before eventually retiring and dedicating much of his time to animal rescue efforts.

He was known for his scruffy goatee and furry chest, as well as his ability to effortlessly switch from playing a dom leather top to more a submissive persona.

Some of his adult film credits include “Buttsluts of Leather,” “Bathhouse Bears,” “Dominique’s Bi Adventure,” and “Total Corruption 2: One Night In Jail.”

Friends and fans of Highwater, who had reportedly been battling cancer, have been remembering him on Twitter X this week.


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