Porn star August Ames has died aged 23. She was reportedly found dead in the city of Camarillo in Ventura County, California on Tuesday (5 December).
As of now, the cause of her death is not known, but an investigation is underway, with law enforcement officials telling The Blast that "there is no foul play or any other crime occurring".
That being said, friends of Ames suspect it was a suicide, as she was prone to depression, The Blast reported.
"She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me," Ames' husband and director Kevin Moore was quoted as saying by The Sun. "Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time."
The news of Ames' death comes just a month after the demise of another Canadian porn star Shyla Stylez (real name Amanda Friedland). An AVN Hall of Fame performer, she died in her sleep on 9 November at her mother's home in British Colombia, Canada.
Here are the five things you need to know about August Ames:
August Ames, whose real name was Born Mercedes Grabowski, was born in Antigonish, Canada on 23 August 1994. She was raised in a military family and lived in various places throughout Canada.
Ames worked at a horse ranch when she was just 14 years old. She used to clean stables and teach disabled children how to ride horses at a ranch in Colorado Springs.
She had also worked as a bartender in a tanning salon and as a yoga Zumba instructor.
Her career in adult entertainment began in 2013 and she has appeared in more than 270 flicks since then. She has won two Adult Video News (AVN) awards and won X-Rated Critics Organization Award in 2015.
The last message Ames wrote on Twitter was: "fuck y'all". Prior to writing the message, Ames had received a lot of flak for complaining about having to do a sex scene with a male actor who had done gay porn in the past. She had tried defending herself, saying, she was "taking extra steps to ensure my body is safe", but was condemned by her fans.