Close friends had said that she was prone to depression, according to The Blast, but the online abuse she received may have triggered her suicide. Toxicology reports are still being conducted, so no official cause of death has been revealed, but there is no evidence of foul play.
'She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me, ' her heartbroken husband, Kevin Moore, told industry trade magazine Adult Video News. Our hearts go out to August's friends and family during this extremely hard time.
The death of August Ames aged 23 has sent shock through the adult film industry Who was August Ames?
She won the 2016 Vixen Angel AVN and Cutest Newcomer in 2015.
Ames has more than 270 film credits since she started performing in 2013, and was a nominee for this year's female performer of the year for the upcoming 2018 AVN Awards in January.
Others in the porn fraternity too took to Twitter to mourn her death.
Canadian-born Ames, 24, died just days after she sparked a social media backlash over her comments that she would not shoot scenes with actors who have done male/male pornography.
However, now the actual cause of death has revealed.
"Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow.you're shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know". BS is all I can say. The debacle ended with one final tweet from Ames, posted Monday evening.
Nick Capra said she "may be the stupidest woman I've come across in 15 years of this industry". I just can't believe it. RIP.
Anikka Albrite wrote: "Omg, I can't believe she's dead".
A day later, on December 4, she expressed frustration with the criticism. "I do my homework for my body", Ames wrote. She further said that she loves gay community and her intentions were not malicious. What the f-k ever! They told me that lately Mercedes clashed with Directors, who forced him to withdraw from the gay.
Ames's death has since raised disconcert with the nature of the adult entertainment industry, of its demands and expectations of performers, with some remarking that the entertainer's death was a tragic and ironic one, having risen to great heights in the industry, but ultimately overwhelmed and negated by the nature of her work and status as a star adult entertainer.
"A attractive life is GONE because people like to use their "fan base" to bully others because THEIR opinion doesn't agree with YOURS", she wrote on Twitter.