porn actress August Ames’ death at the age of 23 plunged the adult industry into shock

August Ames, real name was Mercedes Grabowski, was an adult film star who performed in more than 270 X-rated flicks.

The actress, born in Nova Scotia on August 23, 1994, was raised in a military family and started working in the business in 2014.

Last year she won the 2016 Vixen Angel AVN and Cutest Newcomer in 2015.

She was married to adult film director Kevin Moore, who confirmed the news of her death.

In the run-up to her death, Ames was branded a “homophobe” after writing on Twitter about not shooting a scene with an actor who had performed in gay porn.

The 23-year-old wrote: “NOT homophobic. Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety.

“That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, i don’t know what they do in their private lives.”

She later tweeted that she “loved the gay community” and that “none of her intentions were malicious” following a social media backlash.

A month before she died, Ames sent poignant messages to one of her closest friends who had suffered bullying online.

She told fellow porn star Keisha Grey: “Hey I hope you’re doing well!

“I’ve been depressed and it seems like ppl are being d***ks and I just wanted to let you know that you can talk to me if you ever want to.”

When did August Ames die?

On December 6, Ames’ husband Kevin Moore confirmed that she had died in Camarillo, California.
The cause of her death has been confirmed as asphyxiation due to hanging.

He said: “She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me.

“Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time.”

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