Gay Porn Gossip is reporting that Chad Noel (aka Donny Price & Craven Cox) "passed away in New York City, on March 17, 2010 following a brief illness associated with complications of HIV." He was 25 years old.
Friends, fans, and family members have been leaving their condolences and memories of Mr. Noel at an incomplete obituary page at the Laramie Boomerang. The family says the obituary will be posted as soon as the autopsy report is done.
Noel's most notable work was perhaps on Cobra Video's Every Poolboy's Dream (now pulled from the shelves) in which starred he and an underage Brent Corrigan. Michael Lucas railed against Every Poolboy's Dream when he spoke out at last year's GayVN Awards about how Corrigan's "child porn" acting endangered the entire porn community. Cobra Video, you'll recall, used to be owned by Bryan Kocis until his murder at the hands of Joseph Kerekes.
It's a sad tale that one so young should contract and die of HIV. And Gay Porn Gossip ends their post on Noel's death with this disturbing note that suggests that Noel might have gotten HIV working with a bareback twink studio, Helix Studios:
Additionally, close friends and associates of Chad have related to Gay Porn Gossip that Chad had became HIV positive following his performances with Helix Studios. We have been unable to confirm this information. Helix Studios is a producer of hardcore condom-less twink porn. The company was formerly based in Ft Lauderdale, Florida and now is located in San Diego, California, whose principal is Keith Miller. Often it has been reported to Gay Porn Gossip by other young men that following their performances and association with Helix Studios, they became infected with HIV.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Noel's fans, friends, and family during this time.