On Sunday morning, a mutual friend called and told me Amber Rayne has died last night in her sleep. She was 31 years old. At the time of this writing, cause of death is unspecified and an autopsy is under way.
I met Amber in 2006 and worked with her on several of my movies. On screen, she was an insatiable force of nature. Off screen, she was a fascinating geek with a vast knowledge of pop culture from The Lord of the Rings to Star Wars and Anime and loved rock ‘n’ roll. One of her most favorite bands was Motley Crue. In recent years, she had distanced herself from performing in adult movies and focused on graphic design and managing rock bands, most notably Night Ranger. Moreover, she was an avid horse rider. In her final tweet, she bids farewell to her horse:
“…Could not know how to say goodbye right now but I can say thank you for reminding me how much fun it was to fly.”
I knew Amber for 10 years. We both changed a lot during the past decade, but we always remained friends, always remained in touch. We could talk just about anything, how much we both hated what the adult industry had become, our personal dilemmas, our favorite episode of Game of Thrones, etc. This past Halloween, she sent me her picture dressed as Nancy, the tough stripper from Sin City graphic novel/movie series. Here is the picture:
Our last contact was back in March, some three weeks ago. She texted me, asking me how I was doing. I told her I was feeling somewhat down and exhausted. She replied:
“I’m sending you a lot of love and support.”
I never thought it would be our last correspondence. She died young, but despite all her struggles, she lived life to the fullest, followed her dreams and traveled the world. I’m not a religious person, but somehow I hope she’s in a better place.
Rest in peace dear, you will always be loved.