Adult entertainment star Olivia Nova has died aged just 20-years-old, her agent has confirmed.
The actress was represented by LA Direct Models who said they were ‘beyond shocked by the sudden death’.
They also said the news of her death, of which the cause is not yet known, is ‘completely out of the blue’.
The statement reads:
While only represented by Direct Models for a short period of time, we came to know Olivia as a beautiful girl with a very sweet and gentle personality.
Another one, way too young, we are beyond shocked and most certainly, it was completely out of the blue. Rest in peace, sweet angel.
The family has set up a GoFundMe to cover the funeral costs.
August Ames, Shyla Stylez, Yuri Beltran, and Olivia Nova all incredibly young talent. We must be kinder and look out for one another in this industry. Our Truth and Standing by one another is our only power. ~ 💋 KP
— Adult Performers Actors Guild (@APAGunion) January 9, 2018
She’s the fourth adult actress to have died since November 2017.
Shyla Stylez died in November aged 35, 23-year-old August Ames died on 5 December (pictured below) and Yuri Beltran died aged 31 less than two weeks later, on 14 December.
The Canada-born actress died in Camarillo, California, from ‘unknown causes’, but a close friend told Hollywood Life, Ames had taken her own life after a reported battle with depression.
Amid a flood of tributes on Twitter, a debate has since raged over adult entertainers’ rights to work with whomever they choose.
Ames’ friends, including fellow adult performer Anikka Albrite, reportedly connected Ames’ death to a heated online debate which took place in the days before she died.
Ames tweeted about not wanting to work with men who’ve done homosexual performances:
whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews , you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say🤷🏽♀️ Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body🤓✏️🔍
— August Ames (@AugustAmesxxx) December 3, 2017
She strenuously denied being homophobic, saying her comments were not meant to be malicious and in fact, she was just looking after her health.
However, she received incredible backlash over her position and was deemed homophobic by a number of online commentators, including fellow porn stars who stated all entertainers must undergo the same rigorous health checks, regardless of gender or sexuality.
Ames’ final tweet simply said, ‘f*ck y’all’:
— August Ames (@AugustAmesxxx) December 5, 2017
Friends have since connected her death to cyber bullying, saying she was already battling depression:
— Anikka Albrite™️ (@AnikkaAlbrite) December 6, 2017
A beautiful life is GONE because people like to use their “fan base” to bully others because THEiR opinion doesn’t agree with YOURS.
RiP to a sweet, kind, soul..I’m so sad & so angry. A life wasted simply because HER opinion didn’t mesh with YOURS.
— Brett Rossi (@ImBrettRossi) December 6, 2017
Ames, whose real name is Mercedes Grabowski, had more than 270 film credits since making her acting debut in 2013 and was seen to support the LGBT community, being bisexual herself.
Her husband, adult film director Kevin Moore, said in a statement:
She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me.
August regularly shared uplifting messages with her fans, with her last Instagram post emblazoned with positivity and body-confidence hashtags, including those which read, ‘be confident in your own skin’, ‘screw what other people think’ and ‘be yourself’.
It just goes to show, you never know what’s going on underneath the surface, behind the social media accounts of someone being attacked online.
Rest in peace.