Her friends' fears that she could have taken her own life, confirmed. She also said that she didn't want to put "my body at risk". Apologizing for taking extra steps to [ensure] that my body stays safe? Our hearts go out to August's friends and family during this extremely hard time.
"I would get in contact with some people and then I would feel badly because they'd be like "what's your profession and I'd be like 'oh I'm in the adult industry, '" she said in reference to her search for a therapist, "Then I'd feel like they're like 'oh that's the whole reason that you are the way you are" and then I'd get turned off", she said.
Responding to another critic, she later wrote: "I don't have anything to apologize for!"
Annika Albrite, a fellow porn star, expressed her shock over Ames' death.
Ames' husband confirmed the news of the actress' passing via a statement.
Mercedes Grabowski (known as August Ames) died of asphyxia due to hanging, the Ventura Health Care Agency reported. Fuck you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious.
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The actress defended herself, saying she could choose who she wanted to work with and that she was not homophobic since she was attracted to women. "This pain I feel cause people couldn't keep their opinions to themselves is unbearable, although I have nothing but hate for each and everyone of you people who drove her to this i still do not wish this pain on you".
Ames was born Mercedes Grabowski in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1994, and worked in a bar and at a tanning salon before joining the adult film industry in 2013, according to AVN.
Following Ames' death, some of her friends took their thoughts to social media to accuse the online bullies of encouraging her to commit suicide.
Performer Abella Danger said, "She was the most kind-hearted person ever". I fucking love the gay community!
On this August tweeted, "NOT homophobic".
Adult director Mike Quasar tweeted, "Love one another kids. Such a sad day".
Legendary adult performer Jenna Jameson strongly criticised Jaxton's comments and said: "I will not rest until you are deleted from social media all together".