A​dult Film Star Olivia Lua Dies At 23

Adult film star Olivia Lua - also known as Olivia Voltaire - has passed away at the age of 23.

Her agency, LA Direct Models, said in a statement: "Much comment has recently been 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."

Twitter / @OliviaxLua
Twitter / @OliviaxLua

They added that she had been in rehab, saying: "Olivia had not been available for work since early October of last year, as she had been facing some personal challenges that had seen her in residential rehab for a period of nearly three months.

"She had been out for about a month, hoping to make a return to work in the early part of this year.

"We learned today that she had returned to a different facility in West Hollywood after a relapse, approximately a week ago, at which she was found deceased this morning."

The statement continued: "Family and close friends said they had deep concern at the volume of prescription drugs prescribed to Olivia and the danger this posed to her."

"If this was mixed with recreational drugs or alcohol, it is believed this to be the cause of her passing."

She is the fifth high profile adult film star to pass away in just three months, following the deaths of Shyla Stylez, August Ames Olivia Nova and Yuri Luv.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

On 9 November last year, 35-year-old Canadian star Shyla Stylez (a.k.a.Amanda Friedland) was found unresponsive in her bed by her mother, though the cause of her death has not been determined.

Porn actress August Ames then took her own life in December, a couple of days after being subjected to severe criticism over Twitter after refusing to complete a scene with a man who had starred in gay porn. At 23, she was at the same, tragically young age as Lua.

Only a week later, fellow porn star Yuri Luv (a.k.a. Yurizan Beltran) had died at the age of 31.

Porn star Olivia Nova (a.k.a. Lexi Forte) was then confirmed as dead on 10 January by her agent. She was only 20.

The string of tragic deaths had cause shock throughout the adult entertainment, with accusations from some fans that women in the industry aren't being given the support network they need.

As LADBible previously reported, cyberbullying has been having a huge impact on the mental health of those who work in the adult entertainment industry.

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Featured Image Credit: Twitter / @OliviaxLua

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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