August Ames, 23, was a rising star in the adult industry, appearing in more than 270 X-rated films and bagging award nominations for her performances. The medical examiner's office in Ventura County confirmed her death Wednesday, XBIZ reported.
The actress defended herself, saying she could choose who she wanted to work with and that she was not homophobic since she was attracted to women.
'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.
Ames also tweeted Monday, replying a user who told her to apologize, "I don't have anything to apologize for!"
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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. She had tried defending herself, saying, she was "taking extra steps to ensure my body is safe", but was condemned by her fans.
Officials do not suspect foul play as she had reportedly suffered from depression for a long time, which led her to possibly take her own life. F**k you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious. Sought after from the beginning of her career, Ames earned a nomination in 2015 for AVN Best New Starlet, and was a nominee every year since for Female Performer of the Year, including this year for the upcoming 2018 AVN Awards in January. I fucking love the gay community! What the f-k ever! "Mercedes Grabowski died of asphyxia due to hanging".
Fellow adult film performers and directors have paid tribute to August on social media. "[The] manner is suicide", they told Hollywood Life. He also requested for privacy during this hard time.
'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. I CHOOSE who I have inside my body. The cause of her death was not revealed as her family members had not been notified.