CYBERSPACE — Trans performer Morena Black has passed away, according to several industry members.
“I am heartbroken to say, we just received confirmation that a very dear friend, a sister took her own life. The world lost another wonderful soul… We will never find anyone else like her. RIP, Morena Black. I love you girl, may you find the serenity you deserve,” tweeted Kaelyn Jaye last night.
“She was one of my first friends in this industry, one of my first friends after coming out and beginning my transition,” Jaye subsequently tweeted. “I was so scared to meet her last year, but she made me feel okay to be myself around her… no words can express how grateful I am to have known her.”
Steven Grooby of Grooby Productions posted a memorial to their company blog. “I received the very sad news this morning that performer and friend of many girls in our industry, Morena Black, had taken her own life,” Grooby wrote. “She’d not been very active in production in the last year but had appeared in a lot of our scenes during 2016 and 2017 as well as productions by other companies, including Evil Angel. Morena was a big presence, with a big beautiful smile, and I know of many other performers (who) had been touched by her warmth, either in person or across social media, where she was active, and she was one of the people that once met, was hard to forget. I can only pass on my sincere condolences to her friends and family. It’s always tragic when such a young person takes their own life and I believe many people will be affected by her untimely death. Rest in peace Morena. I will not forget that smile.”
Grooby urged “anyone struggling, either with this news, or other issues,” to directly contact Kristel Penn at email@example.com.
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