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Porn actor who died in LAPD clash mourned by friends

April 15, 2012 |  1:39 pm

Adult performer Marland Anderson, also known as Sledge HammerThe porn star known as Sledge Hammer, who died after he became violent with paramedics and was stunned with a Taser and restrained by Los Angeles police officers, was mourned by colleagues in the adult entertainment business.

They expressed shock at his death and said they are awaiting more details as to what exactly happened.

The incident began Sunday when authorities responded to a call of an attempted suicide in the Reseda area. When paramedics and officers arrived they found Marland Anderson, known as Sledge Hammer on screen, with his girlfriend. Anderson had suffered a knife injury, Lt. Andrew Neiman said.

The girlfriend told officers Anderson tried to hurt himself with the knife and she pried it away from him, Neiman said.

He was then handcuffed to a gurney by police for transportation in an ambulance. Once inside the ambulance, Neiman said, Anderson tried to stand up, but acted with such force that he broke the gurney free from a floor lock and broke the handcuff.

To restrain Anderson, an officer then used a Taser but it failed to stop the agitated actor, Neiman said. Several officers eventually managed to restrain Anderson, Neiman said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died Friday morning, Neiman said.

Adult film director Bobby Manila told the website AVN that Anderson had struggled in recent years to get work.

"He's a giant teddy bear; real nice guy,"  Manila said. "He was a real great guy to work with."

"He was funny; he was somewhat soft-spoken, and he was an absolute delight," producer Christian Mann told AVN.

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Photo: Adult performer Marland Anderson, also known as Sledge Hammer. Credit: KTLA-TV

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