SAN FRANCISCO — Falcon Studios and Raging Stallion Studios have confirmed that performer Wilfried Knight has taken his own life.
While the details of Knight's death are unknown, the star recently lost his partner of nine years to suicide.
The studios said the 35 year-old native French actor appeared in more than 10 Raging Stallion productions in the last 4 years. Originally an exclusive for Lucas Entertainment, Knight became the first-ever joint Lucas/ Raging Stallion exclusive. He is described as being a consummate performer and a joy to have on set, which was why he was chosen to appear in the studio's major releases. Knight contributed to the success of major industry hits from Raging Stallion, including “Cowboys,” “Giants,” “Tales of the Arabian Nights,” and “Focus/Refocus.”
Knight won the 2010 GayVN Performer of the Year award, and took home the 2011 Grabby for Best Versatile Performer. At 6'2" tall and nearly 200 pounds, Knight had a huge presence, a gracious air, and a caring disposition, the studios said. His charm and humor did not go unnoticed. All of these traits are what made him a superstar of the industry.
Mourning the loss, Falcon/Raging Stallion President Chris Ward said, "Wilfried's death is a blow to our studio and to our industry. There was no nicer man. We have all lost someone very special. I can only say that personally I am devastated. Wilfried was a friend and I shall miss him. All of us at Falcon and Raging Stallion Studios hope he is at peace, and our thoughts are with his family and friends. I know that his good friend and director, Tony Dimarco, is also greatly saddened by this tragic loss."
An official studio statement reads, "We grieve deeply at the passing of Wilfried Knight. We offer our most genuine thoughts of sympathy and warm wishes to Wilfried's family, friends and loved ones. He was an extraordinary talent and a special man who brought joy to our hearts. Wilfried, we celebrate your life and your accomplishments, and hope that you rest in peace. You will be missed greatly."