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What is killing porn stars?

by Beth Divine 13 Oct 2018
For many people porn is a bit of a laugh – hot people shagging each other in front of the camera, everyone having a good time, and loads of orgasms on both sides. But the sad truth is that sometimes this happy, laughing sexual idyll is a fabrication, with the actors on both sides having to feign enjoyment, and – worse – sometimes it is a complete lie. Actors can be trying to fund a drug and/ or alcohol fuelled lifestyle and this might be the reason why they have ended up working in the porn industry, rather than it being their chosen way of life. 

And being a porn star, whether it is a preferred career choice or not, can be a tricky life. People become obsessed with porn stars the same way they do with other celebrities, but having seen them naked and enjoying sex can make the obsessive fan feel connected to and possessive of the stars they favour. This means that porn stars have to be extra careful about not using their real name while they are still working (and sometimes afterwards too) and they can’t really use social media in their porn persona.


The burgeoning world of social media and instant communication across the globe means that stars are not able to be properly private anywhere: they never know who has watched their clips and so cannot even fly to the other side of the world to get away from harassment or even just to enjoy a family vacation.

The high-pressure life has seen a shocking number of porn star suicides or unnecessary deaths during the later months of 2017 and the early part of 2018: 

Olivia Lua: Another Olivia, this young lady was in rehab for personal reasons, she had signed up with an LA modelling agency and seemed to be trying to get her life on track and under control when she was found dead at the rehab centre.

Olivia Nova: Olivia had a hard life as a kid, ending up in juvie and accidentally ending up in the porn industry. Her boyfriend died just a few months before she did, from a heroin overdose that is assumed to be accidental, but this tragedy did not stop ‘fans’ from accusing her of taking the drug herself, a claim that Nova vehemently denied. She was found dead in very early January, having been alone for the holidays. A post-mortem found that she was suffering from an out of control water infection that had spread to her kidneys. 


August Ames: August was famously cyber bullied when she refused to risk her body by having sex with someone who worked in gay and bisexual porn. This unnamed star apparently refused to get tested as do most mainstream porn stars on a fortnightly or weekly basis. August’s objection was that the gay-bi porn world relies on the use of condoms to prevent the spread of disease, while the (generally bareback) hetero porn industry uses stringent medical testing for the same purpose. However her refusal went viral and ignorant keyboard warriors drove her commit suicide…

Yuri Luv: Yuri Luv – not her real name – was sadly found dead from an overdose, just two weeks after August Ames’s untimely death.

Shyla Stylez: Shyla had gone to visit her family, and was found unresponsive in her room at her mother’s house.

These are just five porn stars to have died between November 2017 and January 2018. It is significant that UK news agencies had been running, at about that time, a series of programs designed to raise awareness to mental health and its link to suicides. This should serve as a warning to all, a warning and a plea, to be – above all else – kind, when dealing with the feelings and emotions of people who live in the public eye. They may have chosen their career, but no one chooses abuse, hate, or vilification.