August Ames, an award-winning porn star, is dead at only 23 years old.
The rising star’s death was confirmed by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s officer, as reported by The Blast.
While little is known about her death at this time, friends believe it was suicide and say that Ames suffered from depression.
The young beauty had over a million followers on Instagram, where she often showed off fitness photos and risqué attire.
On December 3, Ames tweeted about her refusal to shoot a sex scene with another actor who had previously done gay porn. She received extreme backlash online with many labeling her as homophobic. She appeared to believe medical testing for straight versus gay sex scenes was different, which seemingly led to her not wanting to participate.
“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,” she tweeted on December 3. “BS is all I can say??♀️ Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body?✏️?”:
Many have taken to social media to react to the young woman’s death.
“Depression and Suicide is a real thing. Words and actions can affect people. It’s all fun and games until someone is dead somewhere then you come to your senses. Off this twitter sh*t RIP,” @Rudy_Legros tweeted:
“I really hope august ames being dead is just a hoax or something, 23 is too young. F*ck, Y’all needa be ashamed if you bullied a chick bc said no to a scene due to suspecting the other party may have had an std. It was never about his man on man work, it was about health,” @TailoredToRule wrote:
“23yro porn star, August Ames, stated she didn’t want to work with men who had shot gay porn for safety reasons, harassed and attacked verbally and online nonstop for 2-3 days,” @ Found dead,” @sweetdeesez stated. “Toxicology still in progress.”
“So, wait. Leftists bullied a porn star to death because she wouldn’t fuck a gay porn actor on film?,” @deplorableish tweeted. “That’s amazing. Tara McCarthy better unlock her Twitter account rn. Y’all have some catching up to do.”
“well i’m wide awake, hby?,” she captioned the photo below:
Ames was born in Canada and received two Adult Video News awards while appearing in over 270 shoots since she began the career in 2013.
The porn star added humor to many of her posts…”who’s your daddy???? not me, that’s physically impossible,” she posted to Instagram along with the photo below:
@PennyNowhere questioned Twitter’s “anti-bully algorithm” after news of the death surfaced:
August Ames dead at 23 – suspected suicide after suffering massive harassment b/c she wouldnt shoot w/ ppl who do crossover porn.” So umm @Twitter how’s that anti-bully algorithm going. Maybe U should turn it on 4 every1 & not just watchdog Conserves.
“August Ames is now dead because of an opinion that wasn’t even outrageous,” @DynoDangle stated. “Its their body, their choice. Sometimes I really do hate people.”
May she rest in peace.