Tragic news is coming in this morning that adult film actress Amber Rayne has died in her sleep at the age of 31.

AVN reports that she passed away peacefully over the weekend, although L.A. assistant chief coroner Ed Winter told the NY Daily News that it “was reported as a possible accident, a possible overdose.” The exact cause of death will not be known until the results of the autopsy come back at the end of next week.

Close friend and industry colleague Stormy Daniels, who directed Rayne in Wanted, told the NY Daily News:

“Her mother would like everyone to know that Amber passed away peacefully at home, and as most people close to her know, she had some ongoing health issues for many years. But we won’t know the exact cause of death until the autopsy report comes back.”

She also spoke to AVN, telling them:

“She was a really good friend, and one of the best actresses and performers that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, and I’m just glad that I had the opportunity to work with her and call her a friend.”

Rayne – whose real name was Meghan Wren – was one of several high profile adult film actresses who accused male adult star James Deen of sexual assault last year, including an incident in which he punched her face and began having intercourse with her until she bled, leaving them unable to finish the scene.

“I can’t blame it on immaturity anymore,” she said at the time of coming public with the accusations. “I can’t blame it on being new to the industry and being some young kid. No, you know better.” (James Deen has denied any wrongdoing.)

She was a veteran of the industry, retiring in 2015 after a decade with over 500 credits to her name and a slew of AVN nominations. It’s an industry that’s now in mourning, with messages of grief coming in on Twitter:

Source: AVN / NY Daily News.
Photo: Getty / Ethan Miller.

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