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The legendary adult film star, best known for Deep Throat, died March 19 at 65 of organ failure brought on by pancreatic cancer. Reems, whose real name is Herbert Streicher, slipped into a coma four days before his death after his liver and kidneys began to fail. After briefly serving in the United States Marine Corps, Reems decided to pursue acting and appeared primarily in off-Broadway theater. He first rose to fame in 1972 when he stared in Deep Throat, the first adult film made for wide screen. Because of Deep Throat, Reems was the only actor ever tried and convicted of pandering obscenities for being in a film, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. Reems eventually left the adult film industry in the mid-1980s and became a realtor.