A 20-year-old porn star was found dead inside of her Las Vegas home in the latest tragedy to rock the adult industry. According to a statement from XBiz, Olivia Nova died on January 7. A statement added that her cause of death is unknown at this point. Nova began in the adult industry in March 2017, a month later, Nova said her boyfriend died by suicide.
His death came two days before her birthday. Nova has spoken about the suicide on Twitter saying that her boyfriend had a problem with heroin. Nova’s agency said on Twitter, “While only represented by Direct Models for a short period of time, we came to know Olivia as a beautiful girl with a very sweet and gentle personality. It is understood next of kin have been informed. Another one, way too young we are beyond shocked and most certainly, completely out of the blue. Rest in peace, sweet angel.”
In a brief comment, Nova’s mother, Leslie, told Heavy.com, “I need to focus on bringing my daughter home and preserving her dignity. She was an amazing girl with the biggest heart in the world.” Leslie did not know of her daughter’s profession until after Nova’s death.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. A Go Fund Me Page Has Been Set Up to Help Nova’s Family
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Nova’s family. At the time of writing the page has raised over $2,000 of a $8,000 goal. The tribute says that Nova is survived by her mother, Leslie, brother David, 17 and sister Macie, 7. A friend of Nova’s told Heavy.com, “[Nova] didn’t miss the cold of Minnesota, but she loved the people and said she’d like to go back… We joked about her subtle slight accent. She was really funny.”
According to her Facebook page, Nova worked as a waitress at various Minneapolis nightclubs and bars during her time living there. Nova writes in her about section, “concentrate the mind on the present moment and you will feel at peace. ignorance is bliss.”
2. Nova Was Involved in a Horrific Drunk Driving Crash in 2014
In December 2014, Nova was involved in an horrific DUI-related car accident. Nova posted the above photo to remember the two-year anniversary of the crash. On her Ask.fm page, Nova spoke about her time spent at a juvenile detention center in her youth, Nova said it was “Rough.. You have no rights, it’s like a small community but everybody is fake, they could give less of a shit about you. It’s mean, sheltered, and gets lonely. You sleep with the lights on, it’s freezing and you only gets sheets, the food is shit and they feed you close to nothing. I could go on and on, it’s just not a fun place.” Nova said she had been arrested for skipping school.
3. Nova Said in an Interview That She Often Thought About Life Outside of Porn
In an interview with photographer Dave Naz, Nova said that although she was “shaking” prior to taking off her clothes for her first shoot. Though Nova says she was “comfortable” within seconds. Nova added that she planned to go back to school within 10 years and that, “I also have this huge project, it’s non profit, that I want to be a part of.” That’s not to even mention Nova’s aspirations in singing, she told Naz that she was working on a debut album “with a pretty big person.” That person’s identity was not revealed. Nova maintained a YouTube channel with various videos of her singing on it:
At the time of writing, Nova has accumulated 1.2 million video views on PornHub. Adult Video News reports that Nova was nominated for the Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene at the AVN Awards. The news site adds that Nova has worked for various porn production companies including Naughty America, New Sensations, Brazzers, Digital Sin, Girlfriends Films and Vixen. On her Model Mayhem page, Nova wrote, “I am full of personality and it shows through all of my work. I am a big dreamer with big goals that i’m working towards!”
On Christmas Day, Nova wrote on Twitter that she would was “Alone on the holidays and want to give a fan a holiday call. Would lift my spirits.” In her Twitter bio, Nova said that she was a vegan, a “dog mom,” and “Oh year and I like wine so don’t try and stop me.” One follower, Niles Standish, replied to Nova’s tweet about being alone saying, “makes me sad to hear you’re alone for the holidays- but we’re all sending you positive thoughts and vibes Olivia! You’re beautiful and amazing- wish you all the best!.” Another, Wolfe SK, wrote, “Much love and sending you positive vibes beautiful.”
One of Nova’s friends told Heavy.com that Nova “saw the industry as an adventure, she said she loved the Work. She was really excited about her work in this new VR film that I don’t believe has come out.”
During her interview with Dave Naz, Nova said that she cried while watching the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy. Nova said, “I watched it on my way to Hawaii and everybody was looking at me because I was crying on the plane.” Winehouse tragically died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27.
4. Nova Was Apparently the Victim of Online Bullying in December
On December 13, Nova took to her Twitter page to address rumors that she was taking heroin. Nova denied the allegations while pointing out that her boyfriend had died of a heroin overdose in April 2017, just before her birthday. One fan replied to that message saying, “Seriously why do peeps so want to infiltrate in a performer’s private life..so idiotic..sorry to hear about ur loss Olivia..take care!” While another fan noted, “I guess we have learned nothing from the tragedy of @AugustAmesxxx so very sad.”
In the above photo, Nova wrote in the caption, “Rest In Peace love…. it seems like we were cuddling in bed all day with the puppy eating pizza and watching movies yesterday. Im not ready to say goodbye to you yet.”
A friend of Nova’s told Heavy.com that she “had moved on from the tragedy” of losing her boyfriend and was seeing someone new. That friend said, “Her guy in LA, though, she was ready to get a way from, she kept telling me she didn’t know why she was still seeing him and she kept telling me she’d rather hang with me. She told me he was older and liked to go to college/frat parties and he wasn’t even a student. She said he had no money and made her do everything, like drive up to LA at midnight only for him to complain why it was taking so long.”
5. Nova Is the Fourth Porn Star to Die in the Last 2 Months
Nova’s death is the latest tragedy to rock the porn industry. In November 2017, Shyla Stylez died at the age of 35 in British Colombia, Canada, her cause of death is unknown. While in December 2017, August Ames, 23, died by suicide after she fell victim to a raft of cyber bullying. The bullying stemmed from her apparent reluctance to do a scene with a male actor who had also appeared in gay pornography. Later in December, Yuri Luv, was found dead after a drug overdose.