Dirk Shafer the former Playgirl centrefold who came out as gay and then made the mockumentary ‘Man Of The Year’ about his experiences has died aged 52.

Shafer first came to public attention when he appeared at age 27 in a photo spread in Playgirl Magazines ‘Holiday 1990’ issue, and was chosen as their Man Of The Year in 1992. He documented all the process and pressures he was under from all sides to pose as straight into the 1995 movie he directed and starred in.

Shafer also made the movie Circuit which looked t the gay party scene, and later appeared on TV’s Will & Grace. The model and actor appeared in another Playgirl centrefold in 2012 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his first layout

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