6:45 PM: The Ventura County Medical Examiner tells The Blast Ames died of asphyxiation due to hanging.
August Ames, famous for movies like "Beauty and the Beast XXX: An Erotic Fairy Tale Parody" and "Baby Got Boobs," has died, and friends of the actress believe she took her own life.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner confirms Ames passed away Tuesday in Ventura County at the age of 23.
Her cause of death is currently unknown, and her husband said "She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me."
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.
However, close friends of Ames tell us she had suffered from longterm depression, and believe a recent incident with online harassment may have contributed to her death.
On December 3, Ames tweeted that she was refusing to shoot a sex scene with an actor who had done gay porn. She claimed that the medical testing was different for straight vs gay sex scenes, and did not want to participate. Because of her statements, she experienced a huge backlash online, with many fans and performers labeling her a "homophobe."
whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews , you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say??♀️ Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body?✏️?
— August Ames (@AugustAmesxxx) December 3, 2017
After her death, some friends of the actress are accusing online bullies for pushing her to the edge.
Omg,I can’t believe she’s dead. You people should have known better than to berate her over her personal thoughts! Shame on all you for beating it into the ground. Online harassment is a real thing & it claimed another life. Someone who I liked & would have even called a friend!
— Anikka Albrite (@AnikkaAlbrite) December 6, 2017
Ames, who was born in Canada, was a two-time AVN award winner and appeared in over 270 films since she began performing in 2013.