I am grateful for the time I spent with Gary as allies in the fight against the harms of pornography. I wish his family all the love and support they need during this difficult time.
The messages already posted here serve as a monumental testimony to the value of your work. You received wholly unjustified criticism and abuse but you soldiered on. Anyone having experienced such addiction or seeing first-hand those who have could not deny its existence. RIP, Gary.
Thank God for his work in exposing the evil and harm of pornography.
You are a guy who spent majority of life to study and help others to improve from
porn related problem. You are guy will be remembered for long. Ive learnt porn related problem knowledge from you. You have helped me, I'm still recovering, to recover from pron. I honour you. Your help make me do the same thing (service) to others.
Thank you for your tireless work in the freedom of so many men from pornography Gary! Your life and work will never be forgotten or taken for granted ~ it will live on🙏
Prayers for the family
Dear Gary ,
Thank you for the work you have done over the years with your research , I am forever grateful !
See you on the other side Gary !
A presto !
Thank you for all the work you have done Gary. You have saved many lives with your research, mine being one of them. I came across your book just as my problem was getting out of control. I will be forever grateful for everything you have done. Thank you Gary. Sending love to you all. Rest in Peace.
20 year old from Scotland in recovery.
I am on my way to becoming a monk which was the life that I always wanted, but always fell short of till I came across your legacy. Had it not been for the impact you had on the movement of liberating people from PMO, then I probably wouldnt be where I am now. May you attain Nirvana in a future life.
This unbelievably sad news has really hit me harder than I would have believed.
Gary changed my mind and my life, and will continue to do so.
His influence is immeasurable.
Gary Wilson's book "Your Brain on Porn" is a source of enlightenment that changed how I looked at porn and helped me through my recovery journey to freedom.
He's alive through his book which will continue reforming youths' lives.
Not often the heart hurts hearing about the passing of a man I knew little about. But you helped me Gary. More than you could ever have known. Thank you for speaking up and speaking out. Thank you for savings myself and millions of others, some of whom have not yet seen your work. Rest easy ❤️
During that Tedx talk you used the term "game changer." The game changer for me was your talk. Thank you Gary, with much gratitude.
I am a man from China. I am so sad to hear the news.
Thank you Wilson, thank you for you help!
We love you Gary.
Thank you for giving us insight and helping us improve both our mental and physical health. May you rest in peace.
We lost a great one in the recovery community. Gary was a big reason why I pursued recovery. Dealing with porn addiction in the early 2010’s was a struggle as most experts dismissed porn as an addiction. His book made me feel vindicated and gave me the desire and motivation to pursue recovery. Without him I would still be suffering as an addict
So sad and upset to hear of Gary's passing. May you rest in eternal peace you helped so many people all over the world and we are so grateful. Sincere condolences to family and friends. #gonebutneverforgotten
Oh Gary, you are one of those amazing people whose depth of character revealed itself slowly over time, and never seemed to find a limit. Generosity, kindness, wry wit, and so so so protective of truth, justice, and the vulnerable. How you loved the young men who sought help for problem porn use! I had the blessing of attending a weekly meeting with you and you never lost sight of compassion and empathy for the challenges boys and young men face as they navigate the pornographized world.
You cared for girls and women too -- you were the first resource I ever found that highlighted the struggles that females face with porn, and I build all my remaining resources on your excellent foundation. When I wanted to give you credit you said no, don't mention it. You were not corrupted by ego and jockeying for position, you just gave and gave. I am thinking of the Shel Silverstein poem "The Giving Tree." It breaks my heart to know that I can't give you anything now. But I can carry on your legacy, and I will to the best of my ability, as long as I live.
Thank you Gary, for being you. You set the bar for all men. You were a once in a lifetime friend. I carry you in my heart and now think: WWGD? What would Gary do? And I try to do that. Much love to your amazing wife Marnia and your very cool son Arion.
Gary's active approach to kinetic anatomy, an understanding of systems in motion, was deeply influential during and after my time at Heartwood Institute, as I learned to pay better attention to all the sensations in my body. I'm forever grateful to him for that awareness!
I was a freshman in high school when I stumbled upon Gary's TED Talk on YouTube. I learned much about the harmful effects of porn addiction that I never knew before. Gary is a pioneer of this rapidly changing landscape in our understanding of addiction. To me, Gary Wilson is synonymous with our community and their crusade against porn. Your teachings have affected a great part of my life and have been truly influential to not just me but many others. Thank you for your research, dedication, passion to spread awareness for all of us who never even realized. From the bottom of my heart, rest in peace.
Just heard the news and wanted to send my deepest condolences from Australia. I only met Gary and Marnia once when in Houston in 2016. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with them one evening and shared some wonderful stories about their visit to Australia and many other topics. We chatted many times after that over Skype and both Gary and Marnia always had time to talk. Such incredible people :-)
Gary was such an amazing guy, had a great sense of humour and barrelled on regardless of adversity. I know his research and website has had a huge impact on my life and on the lives of many others and we will forever be indebted to him. I've read his book a number of times and have also referenced it many times in my talks and discussions.... plus I have enjoyed listening to the audio book version with Noah (aka. Keanu Reeves) reading it.
To all of Gary's close friends and especially Marnia and Gary's son, we're sending our love and sympathies from Down Under in this difficult time. Lots of love from Jason.