LOS ANGELES — Adult star August Ames has passed away, the Ventura County Medical Examiner confirmed.
The cause of death has not been disclosed, but Ames was 23.
Husband, director Kevin Moore, issued a statement in regards to her death, “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."
Born Aug. 23 in Nova Scotia, Canada, Ames bartended before joining adult and performing in her first solo/fetish shoot in 2013. Since then, Ames racked up more than 100 IMDB credits, shooting for prestigious studios such as Evil Angel, Wicked Pictures, Pure Play Media, Twistys, Naughty America and more.
The industry took to Twitter to express their condolences.
Director and Gamma Film’s head of production, Bree Mills, tweeted:
What a sad day. Let us remember social media can (and should) be a great place for discourse...but it can also have a tremendous impact. There has been too much negativity in the past few months, with infighting & subtweets. Let's cool it and support one another instead. #RIP— Bree Mills (@TheBreeMills) December 6, 2017
Ames had shot over 20 scenes for Girlsway.com, which Mills overlooks.
Jules Jordan, director and producer over at Jules Jordan Video, said:
Rest In Peace to August Ames, one of the best, nicest people I ever knew in the business....— Jules Jordan (@JulesJordan) December 6, 2017
Billy Visual, director and cinematographer, shared a picture of Ames’ first scene with Brazzers.
The company, likewise, posted their condolences.
Like everyone else we're just hearing about @AugustAmesxxx and we're devastated. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family. Heartbreaking news. RIP— Brazzers (@Brazzers) December 6, 2017
Holly Randall, who recently launched her podcast "Holly Randall Unfiltered," posted a BTS picture with Ames.
I fucking loved this girl so much. @AugustAmesxxx I am so sorry that I didn’t know it was this bad.... we are all so broken hearted, you were truly loved by so many. I just can’t believe it. RIP pic.twitter.com/IDdPFcWEZv
— Holly Randall (@hollyrandall) December 6, 2017
Fellow stars posted pictures, as well as their favorite moments, with the adult starlet.
I don’t like a lot of girls and i can honestly say i loved her, so much she was the most genuinely kind hearted girl i had the pleasure of becoming friends with. I love you forever.— Danger (@Abella_Danger) December 6, 2017
Omg I’m absolutely sick to my stomach.... I cant believe what I’m hearing RIP August Ames... you’re such a beautiful woman... my heart is crushed ????????????— RICHELLE RYAN (@RICHELLERYAN) December 6, 2017
One of the last times we got to hang out... w/@Abella_Danger at @JulesJordan Such a happy time. I’m gonna miss you girl, you were to cool for this place anyway! ???????????? #RIPAugustAmes pic.twitter.com/8P4MT6g4Fx— Jason Brown (@PS_JBrownXXX) December 6, 2017
May you RIP beautiful ?????????? @AugustAmesxxx
— Kendra Lust™ (@KendraLust) December 6, 2017
The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee also released a statement, "Our heart, tears, and love go out to August and her entire family. No words can describe how devastated our entire community is. August is remembered as a kind and strong presence by her community and will be greatly missed. The type of bullying and harassment that August endured is common within this business and as an industry we need to break from this damaging pattern.
“August is among other performers the adult film industry has tragically lost,” APAC continued. “We need to unite and pull together in light of this tragedy and practice compassion, consideration, and mindfulness toward our differences. APAC urges performers in need of support to check in with friends and family, seek out therapy and counseling. APAC is continually working on action plans for the community to grow in our unity, interpersonal support, and work against the negative manifestations of stigma that impacts us all.
“We remind performers to take time and space for themselves to cope with this loss, as well as give respect to the family and friends of August in their wish to have this remain a private family matter,” APAC concluded. “Our condolences and support go out to the adult performer community. We are here for you. We encourage performers to not hesitate in reaching out to APAC for support, resources and community.”
In addition, APAC provided the phone number to National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255), as well as its contact information (firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 927-2903).