Popular adult film actress August Ames has tragically passed away at the age of 23, her husband has confirmed.
The Canada-born actress died on Tuesday in Camarillo, California, from ‘unknown causes’, but a close friend told Hollywood Life that Ames had taken her own life after battling depression.
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.
Moore also asked for privacy during these hard times.
Ames received backlash on Twitter over the weekend after refusing to work with a man because he’d shot gay porn, saying “I do homework for my body.”
I don’t have anything to apologize for! Apologizing for taking extra steps to ensue that my body stays safe? Fuck you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious. I fucking love the gay community! What the fuck ever! I CHOOSE who I have inside my body. No hate. https://t.co/7dSbq27K2F
— August Ames (@AugustAmesxxx) December 4, 2017
She strenuously denied being homophobic and said her comments were not meant to be malicious, and in fact she was just looking after her health.
Ames, whose real name is Mercedes Grabowski, had more than 270 film credits since making her acting debut in 2013.
Numerous figures in the adult entertainment industry were deeply shocked by the news.
Performer Abella Danger tweeted:
She was the most kind-hearted person ever.
Director Jules Jordan added:
Rest In Peace to August Ames, one of the best, nicest people I ever knew in the business.
Fellow performer Kissa Sins said:
You were always there for me when I was feeling sad or sensitive and I’ll always love you. I’m sorry I didn’t do more to help. RIP Auggie.
Police have confirmed there was no indication of foul play.