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Subject: Joe Simmons--R.I.P.
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 1996 18:49:45 GMT
Black gay porn star Joe Simmons died of complications related to AIDS on October 2, 1995. Born Thomas Williams, he made 25 gay porn videos between 1985 and 1990. He was born July 11, 1959 in Yonkers, but spent much of his childhood in reform school. He got into the entertainment industry by building sets and creating props, but later studied acting and appeared in five off-Broadway productions. After taking up bodybuilding, he appeared in PLAYGIRL and PLAYGUY, and then worked as a model for photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. He became one of Mapplethorpe's star models.
He learned he was HIV-positive in 1994, and told his family. It brought them together much more closely, and he died in New York City with the family at his side.
He was TERRIFIC on screen. *sigh*