Dirk Shafer, who gained fame as a Playgirl Man of the Year in the early 1990s and soon after came out publicly, was found dead in West Hollywood Thursday.
Shafer, 52, was found in his car. The cause of death is not yet known.
He gained his greatest fame by directing and starring in the 1995 mockumentary Man Of The Year about his experiences as a centerfold for the magazine. He was pressured to present himself s straight during his reign.