Adult performer Kyle Dean (real name Brandon Jason Chrisan) has passed away at the age of 21.
No cause of death has been released. Toale Brothers Funeral Home lists the date of his passing as September 28.
An obituary there shares that Dean “loved to play football and physically train his body.”
“He won fourth place in an Adult Physique Competition at the age of seventeen,” the entry adds.
Dean had worked for gay adult studios Corbin Fisher and GayHoopla in recent years.
According to South Florida Gay News, Dean had several arrests over the past few years involving “multiple drug and burglary convictions.”
In March of 2017, he was ordered to take part in a drug intervention program.
SFGN also notes that Dean was described by some online commenters as “gay-for-pay,” often requesting people pay for his Uber rides or presents from his Amazon wishlist.
Often, in posting these stories, there are inevitable comments blaming the porn industry for the passing of adult performers.
But it’s worth noting that people from every walk of life succumb to drug use or suicide.
And while the porn industry connection is titillating, correlation isn’t necessarily causation.
Earlier this year, Rosie Hodson – PhD candidate with an emphasis in studying pornography – told Dazed that making generalisations about the deaths of porn performers does them “a ‘disservice’ to define them simply by their careers in porn and is a gross oversimplification to connect all of their deaths directly to their work in pornography.”
She emphasized, "They are individuals."
And behavioral scientist Gad Saad, a chair at the John Molson School of Business in Montreal, who studies the porn industry, told the New York Post in January that people who enter porn are no more prone to mental issues than anyone else.
Certainly there are many who can testify to the emotional toll working in the adult entertainment industry can have on people.
But I freely admit I’m not a trained professional in assessing the issue. I’m just a writer thinking out loud.
There is an interest in the passing of adult performers as evidenced by the traffic these posts receive.
What do you think, readers? Is the porn industry to blame for young deaths? Or is this something we see in every walk of life?
Rest in peace, Brandon Jason Chrisan.
This post represents the thoughts and opinion of the writer and not those of Instinct Magazine or its contributors.