Billy Manes and Tony Mauss on their wedding day
Tony Mauss, husband of Billy Manes, has made a statement regarding his partner's death.
"My husband, Billy Manes, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon surrounded by his family of friends. He had been ill for a couple of weeks with what turned out to be pneumonia, and by the time we sought medical attention, it was too far advanced. He died due to complications of his condition leading to organ failure."
Mauss continues, "Billy Manes was a walking fucking miracle, a man who fought ferociously to create a world where justice, equality and respect were the cornerstones of his community. He loved Orlando. He knew what was possible here in this sprawling mass of ex-pats, misfits, introverts, seekers, party people, bookworms, performers, makers, artists and friends. His driving force was love. He loved you, Orlando, and he knew of your love for him. He fed off it; it sustained him. He would have fought proudly for each and every one of you forever. Unfortunately, his body had other plans.
"So … grieve, Orlando, grieve, but don't forget to laugh, create joy, and love each other wildly. That would honor him."
Manes and Mauss were married Feb. 14, 2015, and had been close friends for 17 years.