Porn star August Ames, real name Mercedes Grabowski,has died in Cammarillo, California at 23, her death on the 5th December is reported in national media as suicide. The Ventura County Medical Examiner confirmed her death was due to asphyxiation or hanging in more crude terms. The Canadian model and adult performer August Ames who starred in more than 280 porn movies and won 2 AVN awards in 2015 and 2017 suffered from a long term period of depression. She faced a backlash on social media recently as she had concerns over working with a male porn star who had been 'gay for pay' by previously starring in a gay porn movie. August Ames had genuine concerns for her safety and when she refused to say sorry for a previous tweet posted that raised her concerns over STD's she became the focus of online trolls. Her brother stated he blamed the trolls and hated them for driving her to suicide.
Porn Stars Death
American porn actresss Savannah, real name Shannon Wilsey, signed an exclusive contract with Vivid Entertainment and became one of the first Vivid Girls. Savannah was voted number 19 of 50 best porn stars of all time by AVN. Despite the great financial gains she made, her high drug consumption and attitude led to Vivid severing ties with her. Financial problems lead to depression and a minor car accident lead to her attempting suicide by shooting herself. She died later that night in hospital when her father shut down her life support machine.
Gay Porn Star Dies
In 2015 Gay porn star Dimitri Kane from New Jersey who worked for Men.com, CollegeDudes, Pride Studios, NextDoorStudios and ManRoyale died at the age of 20 from an overdose whilst residing in a rehab centre. Although there was confusion at first over the cause of death, It was no fault of the center as an autopsy confirmed he took his own life. Dimitri, real name Constanti Moraitis was battling his drug addiction at the Banyan Treatment Center in Pompano Beach. The Broward County Medical Examiner ruled his death was suicide.
The life expectancy of a porn star is far lower than average as they suffer from premature deaths like drug overdoses, murder, car accidents, alcohol abuse, disease and suicide at a far higher rate than their viewing public. Depression seems to be a common issue with these adult performers. Could the depression make them crave attention, which leads to a career in porn? Or does the pressure, shame and fame lead them to follow the same path?