Why Are So Many Porn Stars Killing Themselves?

Dahlia Sky and Dakota Skye recently added their names to a growing list of adult entertainment industry performers who have taken their own lives.

Scott A. Weiss

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Dahlia Sky (image courtesy NYPost.com)

On the night of Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the body of adult entertainment industry performer Dahlia Sky was found in her car in the Devonshire area of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was 31 years old.

The LA County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed her death was indeed a suicide, and the LAPD agreed. “Based upon the evidence and the investigation, everything we saw from the moment the officers got there, there’s no indication of any evidence of foul play,” said LAPD investigator Dave Peteque. “We concur with the coroner’s findings.”

Sky, born Melissa Sims-Hayes, was a veteran performer with more than 600 credits to her name and had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and depression, something she regularly posted about on social media. “I’m devastated to hear of (Dahlia’s) passing,” tweeted 2015 AVN industry performer of the year award winner Annika Albrite. “She was my first real friend in this industry. This hit too close to home. It could be any of us next. Depression is a bitch & something many battle w/ every day.”

Sky’s suicide comes on the heels of the death of another industry performer who ironically shared the same stage name as her. On June 10, 2021, 27-year-old Dakota Skye was found dead by her husband at a motorhome in Los Angeles, a victim of what appeared to be suicide. As people close to her would soon reveal, Skye, born Lauren Scott, had been battling alcohol and fentanyl addiction, and was the recent victim of a “cyber-bullying” campaign targeting her after she made the questionable choice to post on social media an image of herself standing next to a George Floyd mural, topless.

Dakota Skye posing in front of a George Floyd mural

Skye’s aunt Linda Arden told The Sun that the adult film actress was found “with nothing. All she had was a plastic bag with some clothes.”…

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Scott A. Weiss

Author, freelance writer and self-employed recruiter. Bylines in the Daily Beast, Seattle Times, Classic Rock Magazine, LouderSound.