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Gay adult film star Steve "Titpig" Hurley passed away on Easter Sunday in Palm Springs. The news of Hurley's passing was confirmed to Xbiz by several of his friends and colleagues. Hurley, whose real name was Paul Yinger, appeared in gay adult films for over 15 years and is remembered as both a consummate professional and an outgoing and loving person. He was 64.
"He set a new standard for what the image of what a gay porn star should look like," friend and costar Christian Mitchell told Xbiz. "He was burly and hairy and hyper-masculine at a time when trends favored a more toned and smooth look. He was one of bareback porn's true superstars back when it was still very taboo."
Mitchell also said Hurley was "the most loving scene partner I've ever had" and spoke highly of his life off-camera.
"Outside of porn, Steve was a registered nurse who tirelessly volunteered for various HIV prevention organizations," Mitchell continued. "He had the innate ability to make every fan he met feel like they were already friends."
Some of the studios Hurley worked for included Catalina Video, Hot Desert Knights, Pantheon Productions, and Treasure Island Media, and he was known for his embrace of kink and fetish such as fisting and BDSM. He appeared in such notable titles as Big Bear Trucking Co., Palm Springs Wet Dream, Demolition Daddy, and Forced, Used and Hammered: Bareback IV.
"His screen persona was hot," Jasun Mark, director and Ducati Studios principal, told Xbiz. "He managed to portray a man who was both a rough badass but someone who'd still want to snuggle you a bit. And in person he was such a nice, friendly guy who always had time to chat when you'd meet him."
Treasure Island Media's founder Paul Morris recalled his first encounter with Hurley. Morris had agreed to pick up Hurley from the airport in San Francisco, and was concerned he might miss him in the crowd.
"But there was no mistaking who he was, in part because straight folks all around him were frowning and turning away," Morris told Xbiz. "One woman was literally shielding her little girl's face so she couldn't see him. He was wearing a very skimpy tank top, his enormous nipples jutting out proudly for the world to see. He was grinning and gave me a big, warm, loving hug. He wasn't noticing the disapproval of the straight folks all around us; he was just a big, warm, generous, happy man. Always a joy to be around, he was one of those rare men who earnestly wanted the best for everyone."
No cause of death or news about services was available.