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Remembering Jon-Erik Hexum

16 October 2009 8:24 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

November 5, 1957 - October 18, 1984

October 18, 1984. "A day that will live in infamy." At least in my mind — and a bunch of other gay boys of a certain age.

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the death of mega-hunk, Jon-Erik Hexum.

The event can only be described as tragic — a hot, young, rising star accidentally shoots himself with a prop gun while on the set of his latest TV show. My best friend and I were devastated when we learned of the tragedy. At the time, neither of us knew the other was gay (remember, this was the '80s and we were kids). Yet for a brief moment, we let down our guard to lament the horrible tragedy: How could someone so young and talented (not to mention handsome) be gone forever?

Over two decades later I would include the incident in my debut novel, Band Fags!

“Oh, my God… »

- franQ

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