LOS ANGELES—AVN has confirmed that adult performer Amber Rayne, an industry veteran of more than 10 years, has died.
Sources close to Rayne told AVN that she passed away peacefully in her sleep at home either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, though the exact cause of death will not be known until autopsy reports are completed at the end of next week. She was 31.
Rayne entered the industry in 2005, and racked up close to 500 credits over the course of her 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 was crowned AVN’s Unsung Starlet of the Year.
My Angel of The Night
She’s a good girl and
Plays by the rules,
But everyone knows
Good girls get played for fools!
Every day of her life she struggles
With her unique plight,
And silently prays for
The comfort of the night.
She’s a wild child and
They say she’s out of control.
When the darkness of the
Night falls anything goes!
Her inhibitions fade away,
As the liquor sets in.
Now this sweet little
Angel is ready to sin!
By: Kora Peters
Diane Duke Takes Reins at Friends for Life: We Bet She Supports Condom Use Now
memphisdailynews.com – Longtime nonprofit administrator Diane Duke recently took the helm of Friends for Life as its new executive director. In her new role, the Los Angeles native leads and oversees an organization that’s helping those affected by HIV/AIDS through the provision of education, housing, food, transportation and healthy life skills training.
Hometown: Los Angeles
Experience: 28 years nonprofit management, including YMCA, American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood and Free Speech Coalition. Bachelor of Arts, sociology, and Master of Business Administration, University of Oregon
Family: Partner Shelley, sons Jason (San Diego, Calif.) and Austin (Bellingham, Wash.) and dogs Cora and Walter (Memphis)
Favorite quote: “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”
Favorite movie: “Heart and Soul”
The sports team(s) you root for: NHL – Los Angeles Kings
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Andy Grammer, “Good to be Alive”
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Kayaking, cooking, horseback riding, yoga, hiking, concerts and the theater
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother and grandmother, they taught me about strong Southern women.
What attracted you to Friends for Life? Working with those impacted by HIV and related issues has been a passion of mine. I flew to Memphis and was immediately taken with the exceptional staff and board. Then I spent a few days in Memphis and I was hooked.
What are your goals in your new position? Provide leadership and guidance that facilitates Friends for Life reaching more clients with quality services, thus leading to lower transmission of HIV and better quality of life for Memphis and all the Mid-South community.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Raising two boys who turned out to be incredible men.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy interacting with a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life and experiences.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Travel.