[Updated] Gay Porn Star Tyler Sky Has Died Following Cardiac Arrest

Posted September 1, 2017 by with 74 comments

IMG_2022I’m sorry to pass along the news that gay porn star Tyler Sky died this week in New York. The 26-year-old performer was found Sunday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest, from which he did not recover. The family has launched a GoFundMe to help cover his memorial and cremation:

HIS FAMILY NEEDS ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET FOR HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE OF GETTING HIM CREMATED ,ANY HELP IS ACCEPTED AND WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED .WITH GODS HELP AND YOURS WE CAN HELP MY BROTHER AND HIS WIFE THROUGH THIS CRISIS THEY TRULY LOVED THIER KIDS .PLEASE HELP.I WILL BE IN CHARGE OF GETTING THEM THESE FUNDS AS I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THESE SITUATIONS BEFORE WITH OUR FATHERS DEATH 3 YEARS AGO.

60416_010 60416_017[Tyler Sky via NextDoorStudios]

Tyler Sky was a prolific and extremely talented performer who appeared in dozens of scenes for several gay porn studios, most notably FraternityX, GuysInSweatpants, and ColbyKnox. Colby Chambers, owner of ColbyKnox and a personal friend of Tyler’s, posted the below message on Twitter:

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This was the wife’s Facebook post attached to Colby’s tweet:

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To help Tyler Sky’s family, donations can be made to their GoFundMe here.

UPDATE:

The GoFundMe to cover Tyler Sky’s cremation and memorial has thankfully met its goal, and the family has received an outpouring of love and support. And, that memorial service was held this weekend in North Carolina, with longtime friends Colby Chambers and Mickey Knox in attendance:

  • Sed

    So sad he died so young. I was a big fan. He seemed like a really nice guy.

  • sexnando

    i hope his family recovers from this terrible lost

  • juan

    Not sure I am more surprised he died or that he was married with kids.

    • Donald Horn

      He seemed to LOVE dick.

      • peter

        Remarkable what you learn to love when there are bills to pay.

        • Or when you’re quite possibly bisexual (or pan), which we all seem to forget exists.

          • FrenchBug

            That is entirely true and a valid point although, in the defense of the bi-ignorers, it doesn’t help that most of those bisexual or pansexual refuse to acknowledge it – see a lot of those “straight” guys in porn.

      • Sed

        He didn’t seem to love anything. He LOVED dick!

    • FeydRautha

      Obit/memorial page says he is “survived by his fiancé (sic).” I guess someone got a posthumous upgrade…

      • NickDC

        Sadly the memorial website and gofundme haven’t been upgraded to include a spell and grammar check… 😉

  • Todd

    Clearly he married and had children/a child very young. He barely looks old enough to drive.

    RIP and sympathies to his family.

    • seeker630

      He had 2 children. He was 26.

      My condolences to his family.

    • FeydRautha

      His obit says “engaged.” The older child appears to be a stepson(?).

      • Devin

        Are you talking about the black child?

  • Scrapple

    It’s sad when someone passes at such a young age. Even sadder when there are kids involved. Hopefully the family will be able to lean on each other and pull through this.

  • Trepakprince

    So young, I suggest you all hug that special person in your life just a bit tighter since tomorrow is never promised to us.

    • FeydRautha

      That’d be easier to do if you’re both in the same city…

  • peter

    I never really followed him, but this is just the saddest story in the world. He seemed like such a good soul.

  • Maximus

    Cardiac arrest, at his age? That’s unusual, isn’t it?

    • FrenchBug

      I was inclined to believe it. Stuff happens after all. But I reread the fiancee’s message and she says “Sorry I couldn’t save you”. I know grief may mean she meant after the cardiac arrest but this raises my suspicions.
      Either way, sad.

      • Maximus

        I wouldn’t be mad at a murder conspiracy theory. I never know what to believe with these social media announcements.

      • Formerpornproducer

        I’ve known several people who have died of “cardiac arrest”. It was all overdoses (intentional or accidental) or suicide in some other way. Many families tend to use that very vague cause of death (and I don’t blame them). Given his age, tho certainly not a guarantee, I’d be hard pressed to believe that it was natural causes.

        • FrenchBug

          As other commenters have said, it is not completely unheard of for someone healthy and that young to die of genuine heart problems. But… “sorry I couldn’t save you” is something I have heard often from bereaved family members of someone who was struggling with an addiction.
          Either way, he died of a disease and may he rest in peace. And I hope his family, fiancée and kids, whatever the true nature of his real feelings and sexual identity, which we will never truly know, find a way to grieve and let go of this misplaced guilt.

          • Dot Beech

            The message included in the GoFundMe page states he was “up in New York” when he went into cardiac arrest. So, yes, it could just be that he was really, really, excited to see a building as tall as the Empire State. Or it could be drugs. If his cardiac arrest occurred in Chelsea, we pretty well have our answer.

          • NickDC

            He was pronounced at NYU Langone which has two emergency room locations: E 38th and 1st Avenue in Manhattan and in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.

    • Goodboy

      Natural causes would be extremely rare. No judgement though. I’m lucky I survived my own twenties. The age of stupid decisions. Ok 30s too if I’m being completely honest.

    • John M

      It’s unusual but not exactly so incredibly rare that it is inherently suspicious, especially if he had known or unknown pre-existing conditions.

    • It is but often it due to undiagnosed heart conditions.

  • GayhawkAZ

    Fiancée or wife, he had someone who loved him and he loved his kids. Such a terrible tragedy. :(

    • FeydRautha

      But what if it was the fiancée-wife and the ready-made family that led him to be “careless with his life”…?

  • Dana Rimons

    Aww. RIP. I’ll donate.

  • jonnyfoy

    This is so heavy. He was one of my faves. It’s really shocking to see his and his girlfriend’s facebook pages after the past several years of obsessively watching all his videos. I think she was clearly a beard – that’s still a thing in the rural south. There’s just no way I can believe he was truly into her.

  • Jay

    He was always smiling. Such a shame.

  • John

    A friend’s lover died at around that age of a heart attack. Apparently the heart is so strong at that age that an attack will kill the person very quickly. Let’s hope it was a quick passing.

  • Joey

    So young, very sad. I had a soft spot for him since all these awesome bottoming performances he put in at GISP a few years back. He always seemed to excited to dive into the deep end.

  • Who what where when how…

    METH KILLS.

    • peter

      What? Do you have access to the tox-screen?

      There are a gazillion things that can lead to a pathological arrhythmia. In someone that age, it’s at least as possible he had Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

      What you’re saying is an equivalent of people in the 80s and 90s saying that gay men with AIDS had it coming to them because they were so promiscuous. How people die is immaterial next to the monumental tragedy of their death.

      • Who what where when how…

        yeah, wtg, defend meth. LOSER TWAT.

        • Takes one to know one.

        • Robert Earl Gee Jr.

          drop dead troll

      • Hereweare

        Yeah, you see it in the news and throughout your own community all the time. Damn, another 20-something lost to Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
        And Jerry Lewis just died. Who’s going to host the telethon?

        • peter

          No, you don’ hear about those things like you hear about ODs in the media because they’re not sensational enough. Maybe occasionally if some high-school or college athlete dies at practice.

    • And Karma is a bitch. So unless you were parTying with him you have no idea if meth was even involved in his life.

  • Caesarimp

    Terribly sad.

  • Hereweare

    I can’t relate to the whole “gay porn star, married with kids” phenom. I can relate however, to being a lost soul, spiraling out of control. Yes it only says “cardiac arrest”, but let’s be real.
    I didn’t know him as a performer, but looking at the pics, he appears to have been a good looking guy with kind eyes and a mega-watt smile.
    We all have something to offer. Help is out there. Get it if you need it.

    • YandyDandy

      Good looking ? Seriously ?

      • Hereweare

        Perhaps I was wrong. Maybe we don’t ALL have something to offer.

  • YandyDandy

    No surprise he has a wife, and no surprise she is illiterate .

    • Mickey

      Your a fucking cunt Just want you to know that.

  • Devin

    I actually liked him. I haven’t seen a lot of his work, but I remember him from FratX or Sketchy and even though he looks goofy he was hot getting pounded. Sucks

  • WhimsyCotton
  • Pascal Stretch

    An underestimated great performer who seemed to truly enjoy what was done to him… Very sad indeed…

  • I love how the deeply religious family thank God for the donations and not all the people that knew him as a porn star. I like how the fund organizer says they didn’t deserve to loose him even though he was a man of the world. Why even put that line in there?

    • Hereweare

      I read that too, but I think you’re misinterpreting it. It says they didn’t deserve to lose their KID even though he was a MAN of the world. I think the intent was that he was still their kid even though he was an adult. And also, it does thank the people who have donated, not just God.

  • Tom Faulk

    Tyler was one of the guys being fed redbull, alcohol, and trimex, and cilias at fratx with me, this was exactly what the fuck i was talking about in my article against them, heart condition could of EASILY been caused by continued filming with them. Poppers too. God damm what a fucking nice kid he was my bff in vegas that weekend, rip buddy you didnt deserve to go yet, for all you saying he overdosed stfu because tyler only smoked weed besides all tge bs on set.
    Tf

    • sneeek

      I notice Michael Gilbert donated $500 to the GoFundMe. Guilt money?

      • Tom Faulk

        100 percent

    • Michael P Gilbert

      You don’t know what happened. Besides, this isn’t the place for our drama. He was an amazing guy. Who made my life and many others a little brighter. He will be deeply missed. If you were a fan and would like to do something for him. Please donate to his burial fund. His family needs your help right now.

    • peter

      Interesting that you should bring up the Red Bull. A few years back there was a high-school wrestler from Ohio who died from sudden cardiac death from chugging perfectly legal energy drinks. Alcohol and caffeine work antagonistically, and adding a pre-load reducer like poppers into the mix could easily evoke a v-tach arrhythmia even in a healthy heart.

      It’s just disrespectful for people to jump to the conclusion that it was oxy or meth.

      • Xzamilloh

        That was Logan Stiner, and that wasn’t from energy drinks… he was using caffeine powder, which is not sold in stores and one teaspoon of that crap is almost ten times as potent as the caffeine in energy drinks. He ingested too much and his heartbeat started to fluctuate and he seized

      • peter

        The other powerful powerful agent that may be added to this mix is nicotine.

    • C3xxx

      Just make sure you keep staying safe, Tom.
      Condolences for your buddy, Tyler.

  • VADick4U2

    So Sad!!!

  • Sed

    It looks like Tyler grew up in a very very right-wing type environment in North Carolina judging by the pics. Perhaps you’re expected to have a wife and kids even if you are gay. Because whatever else you can say about him, that boy loved him some dick. Although I’m sure he loved his family.

  • Xzamilloh

    You never want to hear about something like this, because a part of you just wants to believe that these are just porn stars without a care in the world, living in their own little bubble of fucking and parties and happiness, not knowing that behind those performances are people who have debt, health issues, relationship woes, struggles, and often have their problems compounded by what they do on camera. I can’t say much about someone I don’t know or have ever seen in movies, but as the PERSON, Tyler Sky, I do wish his family the best and hope online assholes do not bombard this family with bad images of someone they just lost. It’s just a sad thing, and sadder that kids now don’t have a father who by all appearances loved them with all of his heart.

    • Penn Naame

      I understand what you mean 100% I’m 39 now, but at 18 was recruited by a company to do porn and was sold a dream that I believed. The good thing is that I got cold feet and back out at the 11th hour and went on to become successful after completing college. Wow. I’m sad for all who knew and loved him.

  • Duncan Last name

    I am deeply saddened by this news. Tyler Sky proved himself to be a superlative performer, but his greatest accomplishment is not to be found in the scenes in which he consistently featured his skills. Rather, his greatest accomplishment consisted in his ability to preserve a certain exuberance of being, a lustrous joy, in his smile and in the glimmer of his eyes. In an industry that lends itself to a paradoxical monotony that leaves some individuals with a bereavement of selfhood, Tyler somehow was able to maintain a smile that illuminated everything around him and communicated a mysterious mirth that lesser souls could not imagine experiencing, even in the best of circumstances.

    May his memory serve as a somber reminder for every performer in this industry to be assiduous and educated regarding the state of their health. Notwithstanding their physical beauty and strength, together with the concomitant aesthetic and sexual idealization that is inexorable in the media and mythos of the industry, adult entertainment performers are as human and fragile as anyone else; and, in a certain sense, they are even more so, as they embody and reflect the most intimate and earthy aspects of human personality.

    Yet, more than the solemn admonishment regarding the fragility of the human person and its future, the memory of Tyler Sky can remind us how the joy of life can be powerfully communicated by a smile that is indicative of authentic personality, even in those situations which the traditional moral ethos anathematizes and marginalizes to the deficit of the complete and ultimate human experience.

  • Bruser

    Tyler posted on his FB “I need friends I’m one lonely fucker these days,,people are savages!!! Despite his family and kids he seemed a troubled rather naïve country boy. He did get to spend the nite at Bellagio. Feel for his fiance and three kids. Safe journey https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa5797b2b76216ac35330b2344ad2fe26fa08b8570490a4c4e3b5e1393ae364d.jpg

  • Comments

    I looked at 1.5 years of Tyler’s Facebook posts and noticed several things.

    1) There are four references to suicide, not being able to go on, etc
    2) There are two references to not remembering things because of taking Xanax
    3) He posted a meme about “rock bottom” and commented that addiction is “a constant battle.”

    It’s sad because I get the impression he was very unhappy and struggling, which makes me believe this was not a natural death.

    • Comments

      In April he posted “What’s the point anymore” with a skull, crying faces, and guns. One of the comments on that suggested he was having a hard time finding work. The post about addiction was in May.