For decades the smoking hot Marlboro men symbolized rugged masculinity. They inspired countless fantasies among adolescent gay boys and we definitely used to have big crushes on these lonesome cowboys when we were kids. That is, until we learned they were trying to kill us.
Now, one of the original Marlboro men has died, USA Today reports. Darrell Winfield passed away at his home in Riverton, WY on Monday. According to his obituary, 85-year-old Winfield was born on July 30, 1929, in Oklahoma, and later moved to Wyoming in the 1960s, where he was discovered by the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency while working on a ranch. He went on to pose for several ad campaigns for Marlboro cigarettes.
The Los Angeles Times reports that at least four former Marlboro men have died of lung cancer in recent years. The cause of Winfield’s death has not been released. In typical Philip Morris use-once-and-destroy fashion, a spokesperson for the cigarette manufacturer said it has “no comment” on Winfield’s death.
Scroll down for photos of sexy Marlboro Men over the years. And remember, smoking kills.