It’s always sad to share, but some devastating news has hit the gay porn community. Pete Finland, aka pornstar Erik York, has Stage 3 stomach cancer. A GoFundMe page to help assist with the financial burden is now live. Created by Durk Dehner, Cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation, the page comes with a letter from him. In it, he states Pete has gone through his savings and personal funds and is reluctant to ask for help. 

“Pete Finland needs our community's help. For decades Pete has been an integral member of the Leather community; since 1999, he has been an ambassador for Tom of Finland Foundation. He has given us countless hours of pleasure as an adult film star. He became ” Pete the Barber,” providing hundreds of men worldwide with a sexy hot new look.

Now is the time for our community to step up and help Pete beat this medical emergency. Pete was diagnosed with Stage 3 stomach cancer and is commencing thirteen weeks of five-day-a-week chemo/radiation therapy. The survival rate with treatment is 60-80%.”

Pete Finland as Erik York has been a staple in the gay porn industry since the mid 90’s. From my research, his first print spread with Playguy was shot in 1993. Pete later graced the pages of print issues for Torso, Jock, Mandate, Obsessions and Blueboy. If Mega_zines has a copy, please let me know! 

On camera, Erik worked with many of the great classic studios including All Worlds Video, Jet Set Men, Bacchus, Mustang, Catalina, and SX Video to name a few. To me, Erik York always looked so hot in leather gear. His look made him stand out effortlessly. I remember him immediately becoming one of my favorite porn crushes in the late 90s / early 2000s. Here are some movies of him I remember him in. Fun to note Portrait of Lust calls him a “nasty sex-pig hungry for thick cock ending in hard cum-pumping explosions.” 

For more information, please make sure to check out the current GoFundMe Page here.

At the time of writing, the GoFundMe raised $7,40 in 1 day out of a $75,000 goal.