Porn star August Ames found unexpectedly dead after social media backlash

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The adult film star, who friends say was suffering from depression, had previously suffered a torrent of online abuse for declaring she wouldn't be participate in a scene with a male colleague who had previously done gay porn.

The Ventura County Medical examiner has confirmed the death of Ames - whose real name was Mercedes Grabowski, and revealed the cause of death to be by hanging.

When a follower called her homophobic, she responded: "NOT homophobic".

Her final tweet was posted at midnight on December 5 in which she wrote "fuck y'all". I'm not putting my body at risk, i don't know what they do in their private lives'.

Responding to another critic, she later wrote: "I don't have anything to apologize for!"

Ames, who appeared in movies such as Beauty and the Beast XXX: An Erotic Fairy Tale Parody" and "Baby Got Boobs', began performing in 2013 and won awards from AVN. Apologizing for taking extra steps to ensure that my body stays safe? 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.

"F-k you guys for attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious".

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

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She refused to apologise and instead said she "loves the gay community". What the f-- ever!

Pictured adult entertainment star, August Ames, born Mercedes Grabowski. I CHOOSE who I have inside my body.

Fellow adult film performers and directors have paid tribute to August on social media.

Friends of the actress tell The Blast they suspect it was a suicide.

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

Others in the porn fraternity too took to Twitter to mourn her death.

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

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