Olivia Lua Dead At 23, Becoming Fifth Porn Star To Die In Less Than 3 Months

Other adult film workers are speaking out, stating that these deaths could have been prevented.

Olivia Lua, 23, died at a California rehab facility on Thursday, marking the fifth adult film star to die in under just three months. Four other stars -- Olivia Nova, August Ames, Turi Luv, and Shyla Stylez -- tragically passed away before her. Some workers in the adult film industry have publicly stated that at least some of the deaths could have been prevented if there were safeguards in place to protect people in that job profession, according to Fox News.

L.A. Direct Models confirmed Lua’s death in a statement on Thursday: “Much comment has been recently made on the number of adult stars having passed in the last year and with great sadness, we must inform that the list has grown longer. We learned today that Olivia Lua passed away this morning — may she rest in peace.”

The night before she died, she tweeted out a photo in which she sported an all-black outfit. She wrote: “I feel it everywhere, nothing scares me anymore.”

It is unclear at this time exactly how she died. According to Newsweek, her agency’s statement said Lua’s loved ones had “deep concern at the volume of prescription drugs prescribed to Olivia and the danger it posed her.”

According to Fox News, Olivia Nova, 21, was found dead earlier this month in Las Vegas. It is unclear how she died. According to the Metro, her boyfriend committed suicide just months before her death. After Nova’s boyfriend died, she posted a public message to him: "Rest in peace love. It seems like we were cuddling in bed all day with the puppy eating pizza and watching movies yesterday. I’m not ready to say goodbye to you yet."

Turi Luv, 31, died in December from an overdose. August Ames, 23, hanged herself that same month after being cyberbullied.

Ames’ husband, Kevin Moore, told her online bullies that they had “her blood on your hands” according to The Mirror. Shyla Stylez, 35, died in her sleep back in November. She had just retired from working as an adult film actor.

Derek Hay spoke for L.A. Direct Models, which represented Lua and Nova. He called their two deaths a “coincidence” according to The Daily Mail.

Others are speaking out asking for more preventative measures in place for adult film actors to prevent such deaths.

“The way society looks at and treats porn stars makes us more depressed, it is hard to feel like we don’t belong or that we are second-class citizens,” adult performer Ginger Banks told  Hollywood Life. “I have suffered depression because of the way people view my job. That is the worst part of this job, the way people treat me because of what I do for a living. [...] “We need to facilitate more networking and community for sex workers and entertainers, it is important so you don’t feel like you have a dirty secret so you have an outlet and maybe find a therapist who is OK with your job and who doesn’t make you feel ashamed for what you do.”

Adult actor Raven Hart also expressed her concern to Hollywood Life: “If you get into this business really young, and you are already predisposed to your own personal issues of depression or whatever else, working in porn may intensify your issues, this is not a career for everyone. When you are younger you get taken advantage of more and if you don’t stand up for yourself or you don’t make it known that you are a professional, then these types of things can happen.”

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