August Ames dead

Social Media Trolls Are Blaming the Death of Porn Star August Ames on the Gays

Update: Ventura County Medical Examiner media spokesperson Shelia Murphy has confirmed to Hornet that Ames (birth name, Mercedes Grabowski) died of asphyxia due to hanging, adding “[The] manner is suicide.”

Today, AVN.com announced the death of 23-year-old straight porn star August Ames, an actress who recently came to prominence in the gay blogosphere for homophobic tweets saying that she refused to work with gay or bi male porn stars for “safety reasons.”

Various tweeters have begun blaming the gay media for her death, even going so far as to imply that she may have committed suicide over the negative media attention following her tweets.

According to AVN.com, the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Ames’ death. Initially, The Blast reported:

Law enforcement sources tell us Ames was found early Tuesday morning in Camarillo. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and we’re told there is no indication of foul play or any other crime occurring. We’re told toxicology tests are also being conducted while the death is investigated.

They add that Ames’ close friends reported that she “suffered from longterm depression, and believe a recent incident with online harassment may have contributed to her death.”

Hornet has since learned from the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office that her death was caused via a suicide by hanging.

In their coverage of her passing, AVN.com wrote:

A native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, Ames was a two-time AVN Award-winner with more than 270 credits since her debut in 2013. She earned a nomination in 2015 for AVN Best New Starlet, and was a nominee every year since for Female Performer of the Year, including in the current race for the upcoming 2018 AVN Awards

On Dec. 4, 2017, Ames tweeted that she had refused to work with a male adult film performer in a shoot for the porn studio EroticaX because he had previously acted in gay porn.

Several websites, including ours, covered her tweet, and several gay porn stars publicly criticized Ames for spreading homophobia and ignorance about how testing in the adult film industry works.

While some of Ames’ Twitter fans have begun publicly mourning her passing, others have blamed the gay community for covering her tweets, with one outright saying that “gay activists bullied August Ames into suicide because she tweeted she didn’t wanna have sex with a gay man.”

Interestingly, one of Ames’ most recent tweets expressed disappointment with the reaction she received via Twitter for her homophobic tweets.

Her final tweet simply read, “Fuck y’all.”