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“I literally should be dead. I know a lot of people who drank a lot less than me, and they are dead,” Reems said. “God has left me on this Earth for a reason, and I think it’s to save lives.”

Reems said the public life he had led was his “downfall.”

He married Jeanne in 1990, the first and only marriage for both.

“He was very romantic and a great husband,” she said.

Family friend Don Schenk, who knew Reems for 20 years, described him as a “nice guy,” a great salesman and an avid golfer and skier.

“I met him long after he left the adult film industry. The adult film industry basically destroyed him,” Schenk said. “He would never talk about the salacious stuff _ we always talked about how he was a survivor.”

Reems struggled with multiple health problems in his final years and was hospitalized on March 5. His health problems kept him at home in recent years and he went through chemotherapy earlier this year for early stage pancreatic cancer.

“His last year or so was really, really hard,” Jeanne Reems said.

Besides his wife, Reems is survived a brother. He had no children.