Photo Courtesy of: New Sensations
Canadian born porn star August Ames was found dead in her home 12/5/2017
Adult film star August Ames was found dead in her California home on Tuesday. The Canadian born porn actress, who appeared in over 270 adult films, was 23 years old.
The official cause of death release was delayed by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office due to pending family notifications. However, some members of the porn industry believe Ames, whose birth name was Mercedes Grabowski, may have taken her own life.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner Media spokesperson revealed the cause of August Ames' death,"Mercedes Grabowski died of asphyxia due to hanging. [The] manner is suicide." While news of her suicide by hanging comes from the medical examiner, toxicology tests have yet to come back.
Just two days before Ames’s death, the porn star was a victim of cyberbullying after she posted a tweet on Sunday saying she refused to perform with a male actor who did gay pornography.
On December 3, Ames tweeted, "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."
Shortly after Ames’s comments about working with "crossover performers" - porn stars who appear in gay and straight scenes - she was bombarded with angry tweets accusing her of discriminating against the LGBTQ community and being anti-gay.
Ames defended her stance, writing that she was not homophobic, but decided not to shoot with men who have done gay porn for health reasons. "I'm not putting my body at risk, I don't know what they do in their private lives," she wrote. "Missing the very important fact that NO ONE has the right to tell you who to have sex with. If someone doesn't want to work with crossovers that is their right and should be bullied because the company didn't disclose information to the talent, that most would expect," she added.
Although no foul play was suspected in Ames" death, fellow adult film stars and friends took to social media condemning Ames' naysayers. Many noted that Ames suffered from depression and the cyber-bullying was not the 100% reason for her suspected suicide.
A former Nova Scotia resident, Ames started her pornography career in 2013. She appeared in a number of porn films for major companies like Evil Angel, New Sensations, Digital Sin and Jules Jordan Video among many others. Considered a rising star in the porn industry, Ames scored her first AVN nomination for Best New Starlet in 2015. She went on to land AVN nominations for Female Performer of the Year in 2016 and 2017. She was recently nominated for Female Performer of the Year for the upcoming 2018 AVN awards.
In order to keep her private life private, August Ames and porn director Kevin Moore kept their marraige quiet. In a statement released to Adult Video News, Moore said this about August Ames. "She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me," Kevin said. "Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time."
All of us here at XRentDVD extend our condolences to Kevin and the family in this time of grief.