The world bid farewell to a unique figure in the LGBTQ community as Hank Hightower, a renowned ’90s adult performer, passed away at the age of 57. Hightower, who gained immense popularity during his time in the adult film industry, later shifted his focus to animal rescue causes, leaving a lasting impact on both realms.
A Life Lived on the Edge
Hank Hightower’s journey was one marked by a life lived on the edge. During the late 1990s, at a time when the LGBTQ community was grappling with the devastating AIDS epidemic, Hightower and his close friend Jeff Yarbrough lived life to the fullest. Yarbrough fondly recalls their wild adventures, saying, “Hank and I lived large, hard, and fast at an appropriate time for all that.”
A Heartfelt Tribute
News of Hightower’s passing came through a heartfelt Facebook post by his friend, Jeff Yarbrough. In the post, Yarbrough shared memories of their friendship and revealed that Hightower passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his beloved dogs.
Leaving a Lasting Legacy
Hank Hightower’s legacy transcends his work in the adult film industry. His profound impact on his friends, the LGBTQ community, and his dedication to animal welfare will be a lasting testament to the power of kindness and living life to its fullest. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who admired his journey and the authenticity he brought to his causes.
A Tribute to a Pioneer
On social media, fans and fellow performers remember Hank Hightower as a pioneer who left an indelible mark on queer men exploring their sexuality. Pete Finland, a fellow adult film star, shared, “The original muscle bear and good friend. 10 years in porn, I made about 5 friends, and Hank sure was one of them.” Hightower’s influence extended far beyond his era, as one fan reflected, “I remember the name and a few specific stills from back in the day when I was just discovering myself and gay porn.”
Hank Hightower’s journey through life, from the world of adult entertainment to his dedication to animal rescue and his impact on the LGBTQ community, will be remembered as a remarkable testament to a life lived authentically and passionately.