"He said he was glad to be far away from it," Jeremey said, referring to the porn industry.
Reems' new career was real estate, which he initially sold using his birth name, Herbert Streicher.
Eventually, though, he decided to use his famous name to sell real estate. "Maybe he wasn't selling enough," Jeremy said. "He used Harry Reems, and business was booming."
Jeremy said Reems' death was not a shock because he had known his health was deteriorating.
Reems' friends plan a memorial on Saturday after a performance of a stage play that tells his infamous story -- "Deep Throat Sex Scandal" -- at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood, California, Jeremy said.