Pornstar August Ames was found dead hours after she was bombarded with abuse for being “homophobic” on Twitter, telling her critics: “F*** you.”
The 23-year-old porn star, who has appeared in more than 270 flicks, hit back at fans before passing away in Camarillo, California.
August Ames was branded a “homophobe” after voicing concerns about an actor who had also starred in gay porn.
She had earlier used social media to warn fellow female porn stars about working with men who have been in gay adult movies.
She tweeted on December 3: “Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews, you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to letcha know.
“Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? I do my homework for my body.”
August Ames tweeted later the same day after a backlash: “NOT homophobic.
“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.”
She later added that she “loved the gay community” and that “none of her intentions were malicious”.
Since starting in the industry four years ago she has won two Adult Video News (AVN) awards.
August’s friends say that she was suffering from depression and online bullying in the days before her death.
Her husband and director Kevin Moore said: “She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me.
“Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time.”
The cause of her death is being investigated, but law enforcement said there was no indication of foul play, according to US media reports.
The adult industry was in shock as several industry members took to Twitter.
Pornhub tweeted: “we are deeply saddened to hear that @AugustAmesxxx has passed away she is much loved by the Pornhub family and will be sorely missed”
Pornstar Brandy Aniston said: “Shaking as I write this because I can’t believe it’s true RIP @AugustAmesxxx you were so sweet, beautiful and way too young to be gone from this world”
Popular porn website Naughty America stated: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of @augustamesxxx, a beautiful soul who will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace.” on twitter.
The pornstar, originally from Nova Scotia in Canada, started working in the business three years ago.
She was raised in a military family.
Last year she won the 2016 Vixen Angel AVN and Cutest Newcomer in 2015.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that she is dead.
Her last tweet simply read “f*ck y’all” before she was declared dead.