Longtime pornstar Billy Glide dead at age 43
Update (12/14/2014): It is now widely reported that Billy Glide did in fact die of a drug overdose. Initially, it had been rumored that Mr. Glide had died from a rattlesnake bite that he had left go untreated (see below). That seems to have been some sort of smoke screen thrown up by some of his friends (Alana Evans, to be specific) to try and hide the truth about the drug overdose.
Specifically, it is believed that a lethal combination of the drug GHB and alcohol is what resulted in Billy Glide’s death.
Original article (5/28/2014):
Billy Glide (aka Tad Nolen) has passed away at age 43. He died in his sleep and there are wildly differing reports – none of them confirmed at this point – regarding the cause of his death. Initial reports said that Glide had passed away after being bitten by a rattlesnake and then refusing medical treatment. Other sources claim that he actually died from a drug overdose.
Regardless of how it happened, the one fact that is horrifically clear at this point is that Billy Glide is dead.
While the official cause of death has yet to be made public, we do know that Billy Glide died in his sleep at some point on the night of May 24th. A porn industry veteran, Glide had appeared in nearly 700 adult films and was generally very well liked within the industry and was a familiar face for anyone who’s watched porn at any point over the past 19 years.
News of Billy Glide’s death was reported by various media outlets, including AVN, which posted the following…
Initial reports were that Glide died of a rattlesnake bite that he refused to get medical treatment for, but now others are reporting he died of a possible drug overdose.
Details about the time and cause of Glide’s death could not be officially confirmed as of post time. Longtime friend and fellow performer Alana Evans said she was intitially told Glide was bitten by a snake while helping a friend move and chose not to seek medical attention for the bite. But now, she said, other close friends of Glide, whose real name is Tad Nolen, and his family are saying otherwise.
As word spread regarding the passing of Billy Glide, pornstars from across the industry took to Twitter to express their sadness and condolences. Here’s a sampling of what they are saying…
Sad to hear about Billy Glide… He was always so sweet & awesome to work with.. RIP
— Madelyn Monroe (@madelynxmonroe) May 25, 2014
When u leave this earth if the first thing people think about is what a kind person u were than I would say u did good. R.I.P. #BillyGlide
— Jack Spade (@JackSpadeLA) May 25, 2014
OMG I just heard about Billy Glide I’m shocked right now #RIPBilly
— Allison Moore (@AllisonMooreXXX) May 25, 2014
Apparently veteran porn performer Billy Glide has died. Reportedly of a rattlesnake bite, but that sounds a little far fetched. RIP
— Dana DeArmond ™ (@danadearmond) May 25, 2014
RIP Billy Glide
— manuel ferrara (@manuelferrara) May 25, 2014
RIP Billy Glide. You always had a big smile and a hug to give.
— melissa monet (@melissamonetxxx) May 25, 2014
My deepest condolences to the family & friends of Billy Glide. He was always a pleasure to work w/ & a sweet person. He will truly be missed
— Kendall Karson (@KendallKarsonXo) May 25, 2014
May Billy Glide be at Peace. He was a friend, a great performer and very well liked in the Adult Industry. VERY SAD DAY INDEED.
— Tabitha Stevens™ (@Misstabstevens) May 25, 2014
Sad to hear Billy Glide passed away. He was 1 if the most gentile, friendly, funny & genuine guys I had the honor of meeting & working with
— Ryan Driller (@ryandriller) May 25, 2014
RIP Billy Glide, a true swordsman. pic.twitter.com/pOId4YlZ9L
— Kimberly Kane (@kimberlykane) May 25, 2014
Whenever anything like this happens, there’s always more speculation than answers. At least until the coroner releases the official cause of death. Maybe it was a snakebite. Maybe it was drugs. Or maybe it was just some untimely natural causes. Regardless of why it happened, it’s a damn shame.
As more information becomes available regarding the death of Billy Glide, I’ll be sure to keep everyone up to speed. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on this horrible news in the comments below.