Thursday, June 7, 2018

10 Tragic Cases of Adult Film Star Suicides

The adult entertainment industry is no stranger to controversy. From attacks on morality to the high incidence of drug abuse among adult film stars, the business is constantly under public scrutiny. In the past two decades, there has been a rash of suicides, which has only increased the public's negative opinion of the nature of the business. These ten tragic cases of adult film star suicides serve as a reminder that mental health affects everyone.

Note: This post does not serve to bash the business—it is, after all, a job, and in many cases, an especially lucrative one and one that many of its employees enjoy. The purpose of this post is to spread awareness about mental health, and how those within the industry should have better access to mental health services, should they feel the need to utilize them.

10. Mary Millington

An English model who gained popularity after starring in softcore magazines, Mary Millington was a beautiful blonde bombshell who was later known as one of the UK's very first adult film stars. Unfortunately, Millington suffered from depression and kleptomania, which was only made worse by her severe cocaine habit. When her mother passed away in 1976, Millington fell into a downward spiral. She became erratic, unpredictable, and her kleptomania was out of control.

To mask her pain, Millington began using even more drugs. In 1979, she committed suicide by overdose. Her four suicide notes that she left behind gave insight into her fears. She mentioned her fear of prison (due to theft and shoplifting charges), her beliefs that she had been framed, and her desperation regarding a large tax bill that she was unable to pay. She was 33 years old. 

9. Kelly Jean Van Dyke

No stranger to fame, Kelly Jean Van Dyke was the daughter of Jerry Van Dyke and niece of Dick Van Dyke. She became an actress and later an adult film star working under the name Nancee Kelly.

Kelly appeared to be suffering from severe depression when she spoke to her brother on November 17, 1991. Also in the film industry, her brother was working in Bass Lake when a storm knocked the power out while he was consoling Kelly over the phone. She had repeatedly spoke of suicide. After the power had knocked out the phone lines, it took her brother over 45 minutes to get a hold of the authorities. LAPD and Kelly's apartment manager made entry into the apartment where they found her dead from hanging. She was 33 years old.

Source: LA Times

8. Shannon Michelle Wilsey

Shannon Michelle Wilsey, known by her stage name "Savannah," was an American porn star. She rose to fame in the early 90s and became one of the most prominent adult film stars of her time.

On July 11, 1994, Wilsey was involved in an automobile accident. She suffered a broken nose and damage to her face. Wilsey later went home and called her manager. Later, her manager visited Wilsey's home where she found Wilsey in the garage suffering from a gunshot wound. She wasn't dead, however, and was rushed to the hospital. Hours later, her father decided to remove her from life support. After her death, ex-boyfriend Pauly Shore stated after her death that she "...became Savannah ... She forgot who Shannon was..." She was 23 years old.

Source: LA Times

7. Jon Dough

Before he was Jon Dough, he was Chester Anuszak. He changed his name and went on to become an American porn star who had a successful career in the industry for over 20 years.

On August 27, 2006, Dough went to his home and walked into his closet where he then hanged himself. Later, his second-wife Monique DeMoan would tell the media that he was suffering from depression and depression. He was 43 years old.

Source: BBC

6. Karen Lancaume

Strikingly beautiful, Karen Lancaume was a young woman who decided to star in adult films as a means to escape crippling debt. She became a successful French porn star who appeared in over 40 films between 1996 and 2002.

On January 28, 2005, Lancaume went to her ex-boyfriend's apartment and overdosed on temazepam and alcohol. She was 32 years old.

Source: IMBD
Source: Google Books

5. Kent North

Born Ben Grey, Kent North was a Kent, England native who worked in the gay porn industry for both the UK and the US.

On July 4, 2007, North committed suicide by overdosing on Crystal Meth.

Source: YouTube

4. Arpad Miklos

Hungarian adult film star Arpad Miklos was a chemist before he became famous for his gay porn films.

On February 3, 2013, Miklos was found in his apartment in New York City dead of an apparent sef-induced drug overdose. A suicide note was found at the scene discussing his wishes for memorial services. There is speculation that Miklos's suicide was the result of long-term depression. According to his friends, he was never apt to discuss his feelings and was generally a happy person. He was 45 years old.

Source: NY Daily News

3. Tera Wray

From a young age, Tera Wray knew that she wanted to be a porn star. By 2006, her dream had come true. She went on to star in several films and even toured with Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest Summer Tour 2007 where she was a model for Hustler Lingerie. This is where she met and began dating Wayne Static from Static-X. A year later, they were married. In 2014, Wayne Static died of an apparent accidental drug overdose, leaving Wray as a widow.

Only two years later, Wray would commit suicide. On January 13, 2016, she was found by roommate Jay'e Jones with a note nearby instructing Jones to call Wray's mother, attorney, and several others. She was 33 years old.

Source: NY Daily News

2. August Ames

A successful Canadian porn star and model, August Ames came under fire for a December 3, 2017 Tweet, in which she said, “whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews , you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say 🤷🏽️ Do agents really not care about who they're representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body🤓✏🔍". Ames Tweet caused significant backlash from gay rights advocates and others.

Ames, who identified as bisexual, stood up for herself, stating that she had a right to choose who she had sex with. Apparently the backlash proved too much to take. Two days later, Ames was found dead after hanging herself. She was 23 years old.

Source: Rolling Stone
Source: Fox News

1. Stephanie Adams

On May 17, 2018, former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams rented a 25th floor penthouse in Manhattan with her 7-year-old son. The next day, Adams pushed her son off of the 25th floor, killing him. She jumped after him, dying on impact.

Adams was in a custody dispute with her husband. Hours before her death, she told the New York Post that her husband was preventing her from taking her son on vacation. The deaths were ruled a murder-suicide.

Source: NBC NY
Source: NY Daily News

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