Dirk Shafer : Playgirl Man of The Year Found Dead In His Car

Dirk Shafer : Playgirl Man of The Year Found Dead In His Car

Dirk Shafer, a gay man who, while closeted, posed nude for Playgirl Magazine and won its Man of the Year title in 1992, has died, according to reports. He was 52.

Dirk Shafer directed and starred in a 1995 film called “Man of the Year” in which he gave a fictionalized account of his life as a gay man under pressure to deny his homosexuality.

Dirk Shafer made another film, “Circuit,” a look at the gay circuit party world, that won best film at the 2001 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In recent years he has worked as a fitness trainer.

While the Sheriff’s Station confirmed that Shafer’s body was found at 2 p.m., a WEHOville reader with connections to the station said it actually was discovered at 11:45 a.m. yesterday in a Honda Civic sports coupe. The car was parked at 1350 Laurel between Fountain and Sunset.

Friends of Shafer, a West Hollywood residents, mourned his passing on posts today on his Facebook page.