Amber Rayne’s cause of death remains a mystery, but authorities in California are now investigating the possibility that the 31-year-old adult film star may have died of a drug overdose.
Rayne, whose real name was Meghan Wren, was found dead in her Los Angeles home in the afternoon hours on Sunday. Initial reports indicated that she passed away peacefully in her sleep, but a report this week from the Los Angeles Times claimed that she actually had collapsed in her home before dying.
Her death is being reported as a possible accident or overdose, Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, told the Los Angeles Times. Winter had told the Daily Mail Online that a friend who was with Rayne at the time of her death reported that the adult film star may have died of an overdose.
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Rayne’s death was first reported by the adult industry news site AVN, which noted that she had more than 500 credits and was considered among the most talented actors in the industry — even appearing in a number of small parts in mainstream movies and going to college for acting.
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As AVN noted, she rose to the top of the adult industry during her 10-year career.
“She was known for both her wild, no-holds-barred sexual performances and her commanding acting chops. In fact, the Detroit native had a background in professional acting before turning to adult, and those skills paid off, earning her immense acclaim and multiple AVN Award nominations, most notably for her supporting roles in 2009’s The 8th Day from Adam & Eve Pictures and 2015’s Wanted from Adam & Eve and Wicked Pictures. Also in 2009, she was crowned AVN’s Unsung Starlet of the Year.”
Many friends took to the internet on Sunday to remember Rayne.
“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,” Stormy Daniels, who worked with Amber Rayne, said. He will be taking care of Rayne’s horse, told AVN.
Amber Rayne made headlines last year when she accused fellow adult film star James Deen of assaulting her during a shoot. After a number of other women had accused him of rape or sexual assault, Rayne recounted an incident to The Daily Beast in which Deen allegedly punched her in the face and then subjected her to painful sex.
Rayne said she got over it and remained friends with Deen, but said after the revelations from other women she felt compelled to come forward.
“We’re friends now and I’ll sometimes bring it up as a joke and you can see it makes him physically uncomfortable when I do, so he does realize something was wrong that day,” says Rayne. “I thought it was an insecurity phase. He was just starting out, he was still a young punk kid coming in, and I still didn’t know what the game was.”
Rayne was known for her life outside of the adult industry, including her love of horses and video games.
“I am also a huge gamer (please translate as you will, but often it flat out means nerd), but I’ve found it works to my advantage as often times after a scene, the guys will challenge me to whatever games are on set that day,” she said in a 2013 interview (via the Mail Online).
“I also find myself staying active through dance (jazz, hip hop, ballet), soccer, softball, swimming and running (yes I run nearly 5 miles a day…don’t believe me? Ask my dog lol she’s there) I have only recently decreased my activity mainly due to my struggles with uterine cancer and the relentless effects of chemo. (uh how to put this kindly…it sucks!! yeah that’ll do).”
Amber Rayne was also a cancer survivor, tweeting in 2011 to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day.
“Today is National Cancer Survivors Day…Im thankful to be celebrating that and that I did survive and am surviving in order to be here to,” she wrote.
An autopsy is planned for this week that could shed more light on Amber Rayne’s cause of death.
[Image via Twitter/Amber Rayne]