Following porn star August Ames's death on Tuesday, her husband, adult filmmaker Kevin Moore, asked for his family's privacy. The pornographic director and producer, whose marriage to year-old Ames was kept relatively private, issued a statement to Adult Video News , a website focused on the adult entertainment industry. Ames was "the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me," he said. She faced mass criticism online two days before her death for comments she made about working with men who appeared in gay porn. Her friends noted she had dealt with mental health issues.
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Ames, an adult film star whose real name was Mercedes Grabowski, was found dead in a California park in December in an apparent suicide days after being subjected to online abuse from people who were accusing her of making homophobic remarks. But speaking to The Yorkshire Post on the phone from his home in New York, the year-old Welshman explains that trying to untangle what had led to her death in a way that revealed the truth, respected the memory of a young woman and was sensitive to those left behind who may have unwittingly contributed to what happened became overwhelming. But a grieving husband whose behaviour has triggered rumours is still a grieving husband. I got diagnosed with adjustment disorder, which I wish had a more exciting name. A friend said it sounds like something accountants have to deal with. Another name for it is situational depression. It was very bad for two weeks then I adjusted myself.
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Ronson first delved into the adult entertainment business with his previous podcast The Butterfly Effect , which offered a sympathetic picture of an industry that many within it argue is still little understood by the mainstream. It was a warm and compassionate investigation, and drew smart lines between the thundering pace of technological advances, the easy availability of pornography and what that all meant for the people at the heart of it. Her husband, Kevin Moore, an adult film producer who is interviewed extensively on the podcast, issued a statement in January blaming cyberbullies for her death. He named people who had been particularly vicious on Twitter.
In December August Ames died by suicide at age Her death came just 48 hours after being lambasted for a problematic tweet. The onslaught of hateful comments toward Ames was simply too much to handle.