Former HX Magazine Publisher Gary Lacinski Dies of Heart Attack

Tuesday October 6, 2015

New York's worlds of LGBT media and nightlife are mourning the loss of Gary Lacinski, former publisher of seminal gay entertainment guide HX. Lacinski, who died of an apparent heart attack, was 53.

Lacinski came to HX Magazine from Wunderman Worldwide in the early 1990's, and was largely responsible for the weekly's growth. He stayed with the publication until it was absorbed by rival gay nightlife guide Next Magazine in 2009. His post-HX life included work with The Village Voice, Meridian Publishing, 1800Postcards and AY Digital.

Lacinski is survived by his longtime partner Chris Pagoota, whom he married in 2014.

"Such a generous, funny smart human being passed over to the other side last night," wrote adult media personality Robin Byrd on Facebook Monday. "R.I.P. PRAYERS for his husband Chris Pagoota and Gary's family. Still very shocking to hear that he's gone."

"Sad to hear about the passing of Gary Vincent Paul Lacinski," wrote drag artist Cherry Jubilee. "He was always a pleasure to work with when he headed the original and legendary gay party magazine HX."

"Condolences to his closest family and loved ones," DJ Corey Craig wrote. "His spirit will never leave me and continues to push me higher. WE WILL MISS YOU GARY!"

"I am so saddened by the loss of Gary Vincent Paul Lacinski today," wrote HX founder Matthew Bank on social media. "He was my right hand man, best friend, and ray of sunshine for over 20 years! Rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to Chris Pagoota and his family."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made public.