August Ames dead: Adult actor's brother says cyber bullying 'cost my baby sister's life'

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August Ames dead: Adult actor's brother says cyber bullying 'cost my baby sister's life'

August Ames dead: Adult actor's brother says cyber bullying 'cost my baby sister's life'

The brother of adult entertainment star August Ames has said cyber bulling “cost” his sister her life and called for her death to be recognised as a “serious issue”.

The 23-year-old, who starred in more than 270 adult films, died in Camarillo, California last week.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Ames, whose real name is Mercedes Grabowski, had passed away but did not give a cause.

A representative for the office told The Independent they would be updating the public with more information soon.

It is feared Ames, who was from Nova Scotia in Canada, may have taken her own life.

Her brother James expressed his grief at the news of her death.

“I want my sister’s death to be recognised as a serious issue – bullying is not OK,” he 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.”

Ames’ death came just days after she was subject to fierce criticism on Twitter for saying she would not work with “crossover” gay porn actors.

Ames, who was a rising star in the adult industry, was accused of homophobia but sought to defend herself and insisted it was important she had control over her body.