Christian Mann 'Celebration of Life' Set For August 8-UPDATED

A celebration of the life of Christian Mann, the highly-respected adult industry veteran who ran Video Team for nearly a decade and who, for the past six years, had served as General Manager for Evil Angel Productions, will take place on Friday evening, August 8, at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys.

"Christian Mann—the man, the myth, the adult industry legend!" reads the celebration website. "Come and celebrate his extraordinary life with other friends who loved him deeply and respected his integrity, trusted his insights, and admired his brilliance and wicked, biting wit. He was an absolute original, and he will be missed."

Attended by his wife, Melissa Mann, and his sister, Melissa Villaneuva, Mann died after a long illness on Wednesday evening, July 30. Tributes to Christian Mann from many adult industry members who knew him can be found here and here.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. and is expected to last about four hours. The Airtel Plaza Hotel is located at 7277 Valjean Avenue, at the corner of Sherman Way, in Van Nuys, Calif. 91406.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP here. AVN thanks Vivid Entertainment co-owner Steve Hirsch, a long-time friend of Mann's, for the above information.

"Christian was loved by so many people that a lot of his friends want to share their stories," noted Hirsch and his sister Marci. "Because we want everyone to have a chance to speak, we are asking that the speakers keep their speeches to 3 minutes.  We will be starting promptly at 4 p.m. and food will be served."

Relatives of the deceased have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations be made to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and/or to two non-profit organizations of which Mann thought very highly, Free Speech Coalition (of which he was the Board President until his death) and the Reason Foundation. When donating, please note that the donation is being made in memory of Christian Mann.