New Jersey-based author Taylor Siluwé died Sunday afternoon at home after losing his battle to lung cancer, friends tell Rod 2.0. Siluwé was only 43-years-old.
Siluwé was the author of several novels of erotica, such as Dancing With The Devil, A Taste for Cherries and Cheesy Porn and Other Fairytales. Siluwé also wrote short stories, essays and blogged about LGBT news, activism and gay life at SGLCafe.com.
Siluwé was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in May, first reported by author Nathan James at GBM News. Siluwé had been in and out of hospital in recent weeks. "Taylor lost 29 pounds because the chemoherapy and [cancer] was so" aggressive, James tells R20.
"It's against doctors orders. I'm too fragile," Siluwé wrote only last Saturday. "I could have a heart attack or a stroke. I can't even take a walk without escort. [But] my organic garden is a symbol of my recovery back to wellness and healthy living for the rest of my life."
Siluwé was optimistic about his prognosis only weeks ago, says the Rev. Kevin E. Taylor, the New Brunswick-based pastor, gay activist, author and producer. "Taylor and I [were on] a panel in Newark earlier this year dealing with depression among Black gay men and he spoke from his heart. We hugged and loved on each other. Taylor was a gifted, searingly honest, sincere writer who wasn't afraid of his own voice."
Taylor Siluwé was also a friend to R20. Siluwé often emailed supportive suggestions and was known for his humor.
"Taylor was one of the most beautiful human beings I've ever known," adds Nathan James. "He was gifted, caring, gentle, and bright. His writing will be his legacy."