Perhaps due to the unfair stigma surrounding the industry, there have been a tragically high number of porn stars who have committed suicide. Far too many adult industry actors and actresses have taken their own lives, often due to underlying mental health issues exasperated by drug and alcohol use. Following several high profile suicides in the adult film industry, the Protecting Adult Welfare organization was founded to provide counseling to adult film stars struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Which stars sadly fell victim to suicide? Shannon Wilsey – AKA Savannah – is one of the most famous adult film stars of the 1990s. After being involved in a car accident in 1994, she killed herself by gunshot at the age of 23. Megan Leigh is another famous adult actress who committed suicide. Several male adult film stars also took their own lives. In 2013, Arpad Miklos died of a self-inflicted drug overdose at the age of 45. He left a suicide note for friends. Other famous adult film actors who committed suicide include Shauna Grant, Johnny Rahm, and Karen Lancaume.
This list commemorates the lives lost due to suicide. Browse the list to make yourself more aware of the epidemic in the adult industry.
On Dec. 5, 2017, August Ames committed suicide by hanging at the age of 23. Days before her death, Ames tweeted a message that was viewed as homophobic by some and she received quite a bit of backlash on social media. Many believe that cyber-bullying led the actress to take her own life.
Shannon Wilsey – AKA Savannah – is one of the most famous adult film stars of the 1990s. After being involved in a car accident in 1994, she killed herself by gunshot at the age of 23.
Age: Died at 24 (1970-1994)
Birthplace: Mission Viejo, California, United States of Americasee more on Shannon Wilsey
On June 16, 1990, Megan Leigh took her own life by a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 26. She reportedly left a suicide note citing the personal problems that led to her decision to end her life.
Age: Died at 26 (1964-1990)
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of Americasee more on Megan Leigh