Vintage Adult Film Star Cole Tucker Has Died At 61

tucker02Cole Tucker, who became one of the most prominent adult film performers of the the 1990s, passed away June 7 in Palm Springs, reportedly from AIDS-related illness at age 61.

The death of Tucker, whose real name was Rick Karp, was confirmed by TitanMen’s Keith Webb, who writes on website Str8UpGayPorn (link NSFW):

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1020 East Ramon Road in Palm Springs. The family invites Rick’s friends and colleagues to join us.

Rick was one of the most iconic and beloved gay porn-stars of my generation. He won Gay Performer of the Year in 1998 from both GayVN and Grabbys. He was a legendary porn star, emphasis on star, that was one-of-a-kind…they don’t make them like him anymore.

Cole Tucker was a character that he created to entertain the world. Rick Karp was the sweet, funny, smart, generous and hardworking man I knew. Rick was not only an amazing performer, he was also a personal friend and our realtor in Palm Springs for the past seven years.

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Tucker’s family is asking for donations to the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs in lieu of flowers.