Adult film actress August Ames was found dead on Tuesday, according to police in southern California.
The Ventura County Medical examiner confirmed the 23-year-old’s death, but had yet to issue an official cause.
Those close to Ames, however, believe that she had taken her own life, telling online publication The Blast that she was prone to depression.
A recent online incident may have triggered the suspected suicide, sources close to the Ames said.
Ames recently suffered a torrent of online abuse after posting on Twitter that she would not be doing a scene with a male performer who had previously done gay porn.
On December 3, Ames posted a message reading: ‘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.’
Adult film actress August Ames (L) and husband, adult film producer Kevin Moore, attend the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016
Ames claimed that medical testing was different for straight vs gay sex scenes, and did not want to participate.
Some male performers in the adult film industry do both gay and straight scenes for extra money, a practice known as ‘crossing over.’ According to the Daily Beast, the practice is relatively common and fairly taboo.
A majority of female performers are apprehensive about doing scenes with male co-stars who have a history of gay pornography in their resume, believing it exposes them to a higher risk of contracting HIV.
Following the post, Ames was accused of being homophobic, as social media users clamored for her to issue an apology.
‘NOT homophobic,’ she said in response to the accusations. ‘Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, i don’t know what they do in their private lives.’
Camarillo police said that Ames was pronounced dead at the scene, noting there had been no indication of foul play. Police did not give a specific location on where the 23-year-old had died.
‘She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me,’ her heartbroken husband, Kevin Moore, told industry trade magazine Adult Video News.
‘Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time,’ he added.
Shortly after her death had been confirmed, an outpouring of condolence from friends and industry peers filled up Ames’s Twitter page, many describing her as a kind person with a big heart.