dirk-shafer01Former Playgirl Man of the Year who came out as gay is found dead in West Hollywood last Thursday on the 5th of March.

DirkShafer-PG2012-Fall-07dirk-shafer-340926Dirk Alan Shafer was an American model, actor, dirk-shafer-1screenwriter and director. He was born at November 7th, 1962 in Carbondale, Illinois. Dirk Shafer, who gained fame as a Playgirl Man of the Year in the early 1990s 266BD4DE00000578-2984301-image-a-22_1425754828793and soon after he came out publicly, was found dead in West Hollywood Thursday. Shafer, 52, was found in his car. The cause of death is not yet known. An autopsy is pending, but it’s believed he may have had a heart attack.

shafferplaygirlHe gained his greatest fame by writing, directing and starring in the 1995 mockumentary Man Of The Yearman-year-dirk-shafer-dvd-cover-art about his struggle and experiences as a centerfold for the Playgirl magazine. Shafer related that he did PlaygirlDirkShafer-PG0292-01 for “validation” as a model because he never believed himself to be attractive. 10406436_10152641021722231_7839567006844746398_nHe was pressured to present himself as straight during his reign. He appeared on a number of talk shows including Donahue and The Jerry Springer Show. Shafer struggled with balancing his professional obligation to appear to be straight for women with his homosexuality, finally coming out publicly toward the end of his reign. Shafer appeared on the magazine’s cover again in 2012 to commemorate the 20th anniversaryimages of his original cover.

DirkShafer-PG2012-Fall-34Shafer also made the movie Circuit in 2001. A frank examination of the circuit party scene, CircuitCircuit won Best Film at the 2001 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He was currently working as a fitness and Pilates trainer since 2008. He also had a guest role in the sitcom “Will & Grace” Episode “Cheaters” in 2001.

DirkShaferOne of his friends wrote on Facebook: ‘For anyone looking for a dirklittle comfort right now, Dirk and I had dinner a couple of weeks ago. We went shopping for skinny jeans (which looked fabulous on him) and we dished. He was really happy. Excited to be alive, excited to seize the future. His passing is very sad, but he left, as we all hope to, feeling happy to be alive.’

DIRK SHAFER HEADSHOTOur thoughts go out to his friends and family and may his soul rest in peace.

Lesley Middleton

Here is a a view of his photospreads thoughout the years as a remembrance of this great hunk:

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