Late Wednesday night, porn performers and some fans began to report that 22-year-old Alex Riley, known mostly for his work with the gay porn company Helix Studios, had died. The news has since been confirmed by Helix's official Twitter account as well as Str8UpGayPorn, a blog that reports industry news.
"We are heartbroken over the loss of Alex Riley," Helix wrote to Twitter. The studio has represented the talent exclusively since 2019. "One of the most vibrant and talented young performers we've ever had the privilege to work with. Please respect his family's privacy during this devastatingly difficult time. We love you, rest in peace Alex."
Jacob Hansen, another performer and Riley's longtime boyfriend tweeted that he was told by Riley's best friend that he had passed away "early Sunday morning." He was 22 at the time and no cause of death has been announced.
Riley was well-loved and respected within the industry. Str8Up reports that he was born in Texas before moving to California in 2018 and Arizona this year. He's won multiple awards including GayVN's Best Newcomer in 2020 and best "Fantasy Boyfriend" from the Str8UpGayPorn awards. Prior to working with Helix he filmed for Men, RealityDudes, NextDoor, and Fraternity X. He once said that he knew he wanted to get into adult film after watching some on his grandmother's computer in fourth grade.
His family and friends knew of his work. He once brought his mother to an awards show. This was chronicled in a Helix Studios YouTube series.