The adult entertainment industry is tonight in mourning for Eric Swell, believed to be the last man on Earth to pay for pornography.
Mr Swell, 76, died alone on Friday evening shortly after making his final purchase "Death By A Thousand Sluts". He had been an avid collector and connoisseur of adult film and literature for more than 50 years but had steadfastly refused to take advantage of the surfeit of free pornography on the internet saying that to do so would compromise his deeply ingrained principals.
His demise paints a bleak picture for an industry that has for some years existed solely on Mr Swell's frequent and substantial contributions. Speaking of their loss veteran blue movie director Dick Stroker said "This is a terrible blow, so to speak, to all of us on planet porno. Eric's support was unwavering. His committment never flagged. Which was remarkable for a man of his age. I'm not sure what will become of us now. It's incredibley hard to take. So to speak."
Mr Swell leaves a former wife and three embarrassed children.