August, 23, had received a tirade of abuse at the weekend on Twitter after saying she wouldn't work with "crossover" gay porn actors.
Her cause of death is now unknown, and her husband said "She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me".
The Ventura County Medical examiner has confirmed the death of Ames - whose real name was Mercedes Grabowski, and revealed the cause of death to be by hanging.
Friends of the actress tell The Blast they suspect it was a suicide. "Please leave this as a private family matter in this hard time".
Kevin Moore, the deceased's husband, told AVN that Ames was "the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me". To this, many Twitter users pointed out that gay-porn workers are also tested by the same agencies that test heterosexual-porn workers.
Prompting speculation as to the woman's believed suicide death, friends said a recent online incident may have triggered Ames into taking her own life. "BS is all I can say do agents really not care about who they're representing?" #LAdirect I do my homework for my body'.
Social media today has come out in support of August after her passing, blaming the ones who went after her for her original comments that were deemed homophobic.
August vehemently denied the accusation she was being homophobic and posted a series of tweets over the next two days defending herself. That's just how it is with me.
'Rest In Peace to August Ames, one of the best, nicest people I ever knew in the business, ' producer Jules Jordan wrote in a tweet.
She later tweeted that she "loved the gay community" and that "none of her intentions were malicious" following a social media backlash.
Ames was born Mercedes Grabowski in Nova Scotia and worked in a bar before she joined the adult film industry in 2013. She had also won AVN awards twice and was nominated for the Female Performer of the Year award at the 2018 AVN Awards, to be held in January 2018.