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Porn star August Ames, 23, found dead in California

  • Adult film actress August Ames  was found dead in southern California
  • The Ventura County Medical examiner confirmed the 23-year-old's death, but had yet to issue an official cause
  • Those close to Ames said she suffered from depression and may have taken her own life
  • Ames recently suffered a torrent of online abuse after posting on Twitter that she would not be doing a scene with a male performer who had done gay porn

By Daniel Roth For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:38 EST, 6 December 2017 | Updated: 20:29 EST, 6 December 2017

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Adult film actress August Ames (pictured) was found dead on Tuesday, according to police in southern California .
Adult film actress August Ames (pictured) was found dead on Tuesday, according to police in southern California .

Adult film actress August Ames (pictured) was found dead on Tuesday, according to police in southern California .

Adult film actress August Ames was found dead on Tuesday, according to police in southern California.  

The Ventura County Medical examiner confirmed the 23-year-old's death, but had yet to issue an official cause.

Those close to Ames, however, believe that she had taken her own life, telling online publication The Blast that she was prone to depression.  

A recent online incident may have triggered the suspected suicide, sources close to the Ames said. 

Ames recently suffered a torrent of online abuse after posting on Twitter that she would not be doing a scene with a male performer who had previously done gay porn. 

On December 3, Ames posted a message reading: '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.'

The Ventura County Medical examiner confirmed the 23-year-old's death, but had yet to issue an official cause
The Ventura County Medical examiner confirmed the 23-year-old's death, but had yet to issue an official cause

The Ventura County Medical examiner confirmed the 23-year-old's death, but had yet to issue an official cause

Those close to Ames, however, believe that she had taken her own life, telling online publication The Blast that she was prone to depression

Ames recently suffered a torrent of online abuse after posting on Twitter that she would not be doing a scene with a male performer who had previously done gay porn
Ames recently suffered a torrent of online abuse after posting on Twitter that she would not be doing a scene with a male performer who had previously done gay porn

Ames recently suffered a torrent of online abuse after posting on Twitter that she would not be doing a scene with a male performer who had previously done gay porn

Following the post, Ames was accused of being homophobic, as social media users clamored for her to issue an apology
Following the post, Ames was accused of being homophobic, as social media users clamored for her to issue an apology

Following the post, Ames was accused of being homophobic, as social media users clamored for her to issue an apology

Adult film actress August Ames (L) and her husband, adult film producer Kevin Moore, attend the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016
Adult film actress August Ames (L) and her husband, adult film producer Kevin Moore, attend the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016

Adult film actress August Ames (L) and her husband, adult film producer Kevin Moore, attend the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016

Ames claimed that medical testing was different for straight vs gay sex scenes, and did not want to participate.

Following the post, Ames was accused of being homophobic, as social media users clamored for her to issue an apology. 

'NOT homophobic,' she said in response to the accusations. '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.' 

 Camarillo police said that Ames was pronounced dead at the scene, noting there had been no indication of foul play
 Camarillo police said that Ames was pronounced dead at the scene, noting there had been no indication of foul play

 Camarillo police said that Ames was pronounced dead at the scene, noting there had been no indication of foul play

Camarillo police said that Ames was pronounced dead at the scene, noting there had been no indication of foul play. Police did not give a specific location on where the 23-year-old had died. 

'She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me,' her heartbroken husband, Kevin Moore, told industry trade magazine Adult Video News. 

'Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time,' he added.  

Shortly after her death had been confirmed, an outpouring of condolence from friends and industry peers filled up Ames's Twitter page, many describing her as a kind person with a big heart. 

'Rest In Peace to August Ames, one of the best, nicest people I ever knew in the business,' producer Jules Jordan wrote in a tweet.

Fellow porn star Abella Danger described Ames as 'the most kind-hearted person ever.'

'I f*****g loved this girl so much... I am so sorry that I didn't know it was this bad ... we are all so broken hearted, you were truly loved by so many,' industry photographer and friend Holly Randall said.  

Born Mercedes Grabowski in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1994, Ames had found her way to the adult-film  industry in 2013 following short stint in the food service industry as a bartender. 

In her brief four-year-career, Ames starred in more than 270 films and nabbed a nomination for Best New Starlet at the 2015 AVN Awards. 

In her brief four-year-career, Ames starred in more than 270 films and nabbed a nomination for Best New Starlet at the 2015 AVN Awards
In her brief four-year-career, Ames starred in more than 270 films and nabbed a nomination for Best New Starlet at the 2015 AVN Awards

In her brief four-year-career, Ames starred in more than 270 films and nabbed a nomination for Best New Starlet at the 2015 AVN Awards

Born Mercedes Grabowski in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1994, Ames had found her way to the adult-film industry in 201
Born Mercedes Grabowski in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1994, Ames had found her way to the adult-film industry in 201

Born Mercedes Grabowski in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1994, Ames had found her way to the adult-film industry in 201

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