Former Playgirl Man Of The Year Dirk Shafer Dies

Posted on March 6th, 2015 at 10:01 am
Exclusive Dirk Shafer Dies Gay icon Dirk Shafer has died, RumorFix has learned exclusively. The actor/model, who gained famed as 1992's Playgirl's Man of the Year, was found dead in a vehicle a few blocks from his home Thursday. An autopsy is pending, but the LA Coroner's Office tells us it could be natural causes while close friends believe he may have had a heart attack. Dirk Shafer Dies Dirk Shafer Dies At the time, the stud stunned Playgirl's readers when he announced that he was a gay man. He then parodied the whole experience in a mockumentary, Man of the Year, which he wrote, directed and starred in. He continued his directing and writing skills with the film about gay circuit parties called Circuit. Until he died, Dirk stayed in shape -- he even was asked back to do another Playgirl pictorial 20 years later in 2012. And, when he died he was working as a pilates and fitness trainer in West Hollywood. The tributes are coming in for the well-liked fitness buff. Most of his friends tell us Dirk was the kind of guy who never had an unkind thing to say. Will & Grace's Eric McCormack tweeted, "Lost a good man today. #DirkShafer dear pal and awesome trainer for 17 years. Sending love to his family and so many friends. Be at peace, D." Wilson Cruz, from My So Called Life and GLAAD, writes, "I just hugged you a few days ago and you looked so happy and well. I'll miss your face, your energy, and your positive spirit. Thank you for all of your encouragement and the laughs, sweet man. I'll never forget it or you." Voice over actor Ben Patrick Johnson writes, "Mourning the loss of a man I admired. I was startled last night to hear of the passing of Dirk Shafer. My heart is with his family and close friends today."  And Queer As Folk's Peter Paige remembers Dirk this way: "Just wrecked. Loved Dirk. A good, kind man with a smile and a hug for everyone. RIP, my friend." Peter Marc Jacobson, who is the co-creator of The Nanny and Fran Drescher's ex-husband, described Dirk as "a kind wonderful talented man." Dirk's family, who says he died peacefully, is planning a memorial in West Hollywood at a later date.