There’s no doubt that while the adult entertainment industry is one of the most profitable markets in the world, it can take a toll on its stars. Of course, the adult entertainment industry isn’t usually solely responsible for the suffering surrounding one of their actors in the midst of turmoil, but the media is quick to blame the industry should there ever be a tragic death or suicide.
Recently, as the adult entertainment industry expands and diversifies, it seems more and more adult performers really could be your next door neighbor or the classmate sitting next to you. In a particularly high-profile example of the changing tide, it was recently revealed that a student of the prestigious Duke University in the U.S.A., Belle Knox, has been using paychecks from adult entertainment work to cover her tuition fees. Unfortunately for student Alyssa Funke, who found herself in a similar situation, the bullying became too much for her to handle and she took her own life. Knox has, however, been admirably weathering the storm of criticism she’s received. But these cases highlight, perhaps, that the ease of entering the adult entertainment industry has caused many young people to overlook the potentially tragic fallout.
Along with great successes in any industry, there is sure to be tragedy, and the adult entertainment business is more volatile and pressured than many. Below, we’ve recounted ten tales of adult entertainers who have met tragic endings to not only their careers, but also their lives. Despite what your thoughts are on the adult entertainment industry and their actors, there’s no question that any premature death is a tragic one. The question we all must ask is, what is the cause? Can all these deaths be attributed to the influence of the adult entertainment industry on performers’ lives, or does it merely take a backseat as other circumstances contribute to the tragic way in which these actors’ lives ended?
10. Claudia Fielers – 1979
Claudia Fielers was a well-known and popular adult entertainer working in films in Germany, who committed suicide at the tragically young age of 23. Fielers went into the industry to help pay for medical school as well as to support her child as a single mother. She performed in several movies, and during the filming of her last film, she had an argument with the director. Fielers then went to a park called “The English Garden” and proceeded to imbibe poison, which ended her life. Instead of trying to honor her in that film, the director replaced her.