August Ames dead: 23-year-old adult entertainment actor's body found after homophobia row
An adult film star who starred in almost 290 movies has died at the age of 23.
August Ames, who was from Nova Scotia in Canada, reportedly died in Camarillo, California on Tuesday morning.
The exact cause of death currently remains unknown but police have said there is no indication of foul play.
The Ventura County Medical Examinerâs Office confirmed Ames, whose real name is Mercedes Grabowski, had passed away but did not give a cause.
Close friends have said the actress was suffering from long-term depression and fear she could have taken her own life.
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Her husband, Kevin Moore, express ed his sadness and asked for privacy.
He said: âShe 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."
Ames' death took place just days after she came under heavy criticism for saying she refused to work with men who have also appeared in gay pornography, someone she described as a âcrossoverâ performer.
Ames was accused of homophobia on Twitter but sought to defend herself, saying she needed to have autonomy over her body.
âI donât have anything to apologise for! Apologising for taking extra steps to ensue that my body stays safe? F*** you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious. I f**king love the gay community! What the f*** ever! I CHOOSE who I have inside my body. No hate,â she tweeted.
She posted her last tweet the next day which simply read "f*** y'all."
Ames has amassed more than 270 film credits since 2013 and was a nominee for this year's female performer of the year for the forthcoming 2018 Adult Video News Awards in January.
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Fellow adult entertainers have expressed their sadness at the news of her death on social media.
Abella Danger said: âShe was the most kind-hearted person ever.â
Nikki Benz said: âAnother beautiful soul taken too soon. RIP @AugustAmesxxx Iâm still in disbelief.â
Producer and director Jules Jordan said: âRest In Peace to August Ames, one of the best, nicest people I ever knew in the business.â
Brazzers, a porn production based in Montreal in Canada, also paid tribute to her and chose to postpone a previously planned Ames scene.
âIn light of today's tragic news Brazzers has decided to postpone the release of tonight's scheduled August Ames scene,â it said. "The scene will be posted at a more appropriate time, as we come to terms with this devastating loss. Thank you for your understanding.â
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