Adult Film Star Dead From Suspected Suicide After Cyberbullying

Published December 11, 2017
Published December 11, 2017

The coroner's report for August Ames has not been released, but friends and family suspect suicide after the star attracted a wave of cyberbullying online.


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An adult film star was found dead on after receiving backlash for a comment she made online earlier this week.

August Ames, 23, birth name Mercedes Grabowski, was found dead in her California home on Tuesday, from a suspected suicide. The official cause of death has not yet been released, though friends and family believe that the porn star took her own life after receiving threatening messages on social media.

On Sunday, two days before her death, Ames tweeted a message that was construed to be homophobic by some of her followers. In the message, she warns whoever was taking over her shoot — which she allegedly dropped out of — that they would be shooting alongside a “crossover star,” someone who appears in both gay and heterosexual porn, calling it “BS.”

After tweeting the message, she was bombarded with multiple angry replies on Twitter, in which she was accused of being homophobic, and discriminating against the LGBT community online.

At first, Ames defended her comments, suggesting that the tweet was simply a warning to whoever was taking her place, and assuring followers that she was not homophobic. Ames claimed that testing for sexually transmitted diseases is different between homosexual and heterosexual stars, and her replacement had a right to know what she was getting into.

Friends and family have said that Ames was suffering from depression at the time of her death, which was exacerbated by the cyberbullying.

After Ames’ death, fellow stars and fans took to Twitter to mourn her loss, while her family is using her unfortunate circumstances to speaking out on the issue of cyberbullying.

“I want my sister’s death to be recognized as a serious issue – bullying is not OK,” her brother James told The Sun. “It cost me my baby sister’s life. I will do what I can be a voice for Mercedes but right now my family and I need to be left alone to grieve – we have lost a loved one.”

Next, read about two children’s suicides that forced their parents to confront their schools about the effects of cyberbullying.

Katie Serena
Katie Serena is a New York City-based writer and a staff writer at All That's Interesting.