Billy Herrington, Gay Porn Star and Japanese Meme Legend, Dead At 48

Billy Herrington

Billy Herrington, one of the biggest stars in gay porn of the 90s and early 2000s died last Friday at the age of 48. His death was the result of a car accident.

Herrington was a prolific performer during the late 90s and worked for studios like All Worlds, Colt and Jimmy Z.  He started out working in the adult industry when his former girlfriend submitted his nudes to Playgirl Magazine. He became Real Men of the Month and got a cash prize of $500. His breakthrough in adult movies came when Jim French from Colt Studios got in touch with him and booked Herrington for the studios’ calendar.

After his active porn career, Herrington continued to work as a model and stripper. Despite his high profile in porn, his true fame came when he became an internet phenomenon because of a meme that was initially popular in Japan. Based on a video of him doing a wrestling workout in white underwear, Japanese internet users started to make videos with the clip. Herrington became known as »Aniki«.

The meme became so viral that at some point in 2009 Herrington traveled to Japan and performed in front of large crowds. One time more than 10,000 fans came to see him. Eventually an action figure was created called »Panty Wrestling Big Brother«.

Herrington’s death was made public by his mother Kathleen Wood. She posted a message on Facebook: »It is with a heavy and broken heart that I want to let everyone know, my son Billy Herrington has passed away.« Billy Herrington died from a car accident.

 

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