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‘Tickled’ Directors React to David D’Amato’s Death: It ‘Has Hit Us Pretty Hard’

David Farrier and Dylan Reeve faced "various lawsuits" from the villain of their documentary.


David D’Amato, the subject of the documentary “Tickled,” “died suddenly” on March 13. On March 18, the “Tickled” filmmakers, David Farrier and Dylan Reevereleased a statement on their website which includes a poignant message about the complicated antagonist of their film.

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The directors show compassion for D’Amato, and recount their tumultuous relationship with him. Read Farrier & Reeve’s statement in full below:

Statement on Death of David D’Amato

We are incredibly sad to learn that David P D’Amato, the subject of Tickled, has passed away.

We don’t know any specific details about his death at this time.

David D’Amato has been a part of our lives for around three years now – a very unusual three years – and despite the various lawsuits he brought against us, this news is something that brings us no joy, and has hit us pretty hard.

We mostly knew David through talking to those he had interacted with online over the last 20 years, and people that he had been close to.

We only met him twice; Once in Garden City, and another time when he turned up to a screening of the documentary in Los Angeles. We met a man who came out swinging, so to speak – threatening more lawsuits, while at the same time commenting that he enjoyed certain elements of the film. It seems to us that underneath it all, he did have a certain sense of humor.

It is also clear that he had certain troubles, and those are troubles that we hoped he would come to terms with at some point.

While making Tickled we always thought it was important to portray David D’Amato not just as an online bully, but as a person. That is why the closing minutes of Tickled are so important to us – an insight into D’Amato, the person. Ultimately we’ll never know all the things that made David the man he was. Like all of us, he was complex and complicated.

So we ask you to keep in mind that while David appears to have lived a fairly solitary life, he did have friends and family members. We ask that in comments online, and out there in the real world, you treat this information, and this man’s passing, with respect.

David Farrier & Dylan Reeve

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David Starr

I am one of the players in the film Tickled, I will be making an official commentary within the next few days. I am presently in Costa Rica on location for my current film “I Learn By Travel” and have not had time to process the information.


Mr D’Amato appears to of led a tortured life, hopefully he will find rest now.

Danielle Young

I just watched the documentary, and while death is always sad, the torture he unleashed on young boys makes this not so sad. It’s not what he produced that was shameful, but the actions he took after that makes it a relief that he no longer can affect others lives so negatively.


You think a man who has a long history of impersonating dead people online just magically dies as soon as there’s controversy around him? And the circumstances of his death are conveniently missing… I don’t buy it!


    @RYDAWG: Am thinking the same thing. Big pot of money and a bigger vessel full of some really nasty behavior…… suddenly dies.[?] Really? REALLY???

    @DAVID STARR: Your input into the film, certainly supported the validity of the claims. I was actually wanting to hand your some surgical gloves before you touched those “sweet” Cards.

    Makes “only in America” ..sound extremely nauseating


I have not been so moved since I heard Adolf shot himself. Get real. He was a vicious twisted freak who made life hell for anyone he came into contact with.Not sorry if that’s not PC.


Thought the same, myself. A man who has, for many years, been into secrecy, lies, misdirection, and false identities “suddenly” dies amidst controversy, with no further details? Worth double checking, at the very least.

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