Thursday, June 11, 2015

In Memoriam Cole Tucker (October 23rd-1953-June 7th 2015)

I am very saddened to report that the gay porn industry has truly lost a legend. Cole Tucker who, after a career as a realtor entered the industry in 1996 at the age of 43 died Sunday, June 7th in Palm Springs from AIDS related illness.
Tucker, real name Richard Karp, disclosed his HIV positive status in 1999 in a story that ran in the London Standard. The story also revealed that he had a relationship with former British Tory MEP Tom Spence.
In 2000 Tucker took part in the Pillage and Plunder cruise which helped benefit Tampa Bay Pride.
TitanMen's Keith Webb had this to say on Cole Tucker's passing:
"Rick Karp aka Cole Tucker passed away Sunday , June 7 in Palm Springs from AIDS-related illness.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1020 East Ramon Road in Palm Springs. The family invites Rick’s friends and colleagues to join us.
Rick was one of the most iconic and beloved gay porn-stars of my generation. He won Gay Performer of the Year in 1998 from both GayVN and Grabbys. He was a legendary porn star, emphasis on star, that was one-of-a-kind…they don’t make them like him anymore.
Cole Tucker was a character that he created to entertain the world. Rick Karp was the sweet, funny, smart, generous and hardworking man I knew. Rick was not only an amazing performer, he was also a personal friend and our realtor in Palm Springs for the past seven years.
You were a great friend and will be truly missed."
Aside from his work with TitanMen Tucker also worked for Catalina, Jet Set Men, Chi Chi LaRue and MSR.
Cole Tucker was also a two time Probie winner, a two time GayVN winner and besides being a Grabby winner was also inducted into The Grabby Hall Of Fame back in 2000.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Desert AIDS Project, you can donate and find out more information about the organization here:
Rest in peace, Cole.


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