A recent picture posted on his Facebook.

A recent picture posted on his Facebook.

The former Playgirl centerfold Dirk Shafer has been found dead in his car in West Hollywood. The model and star of the 1995 film Man of the Year was only 52 and an autopsy is expected to take place in the next few days. The Illinois-born icon became a sensation with his 1992 Man of the Year centerfold was released. He came out as gay to the magazine’s executives and had to act “straight” for the mostly straight female audience.

Shafer also made Circuit a film about the gay party scene, which took home best film at 2001’s Coachella.