Bodybuilder and porn star dies from drug overdose after crash fuelled addiction

A female bodybuilder and porn star has been found dead after taking a cocktail of drugs, following a crash injury that drove her to addiction.

The former British champion had taken a number of substances in a bid to relieve herself of the pain caused by injuries she sustained in a car crash.

Joanna Thomas, 43, was discovered dead in her Cornwall flat in April 2020, however it was only announced publicly in July.

The porn star was surrounded by medication and drug paraphenalia, reports Mail Online.

Ms Thomas had been taking strong pain relief medication following the car crash, and began taking drugs not available in the UK.

She was driven to heroin and began taking it a couple of times a week, according to the outlet.

The ex-champion rose to fame in the US aged 21, when she became the youngest female to earn a pro card.

During her successful career, she lived the "high life" and mixed with celebrities, according to her mum, Mary.

During the inquest a statement she had written was read out, it said: "She was living the high life, mixing with celebrities, driving fast cars, living in big houses and going to lots of parties."

Joanna eventually returned to Cornwall and began starring in adult movies.

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Eventually, she started to take illicit drugs combined with prescribed medication to help her through the pain she suffered from her bodybuilding career.

Mary said: "We were aware she used heroin, once or twice a week. We were not happy about it. She had taken heroin for three or four years."

She added: "I don't believe she would have killed herself. Her body gave up and could not cope with the cocktail of drugs she had ingested."

An inquest heard "she had a very difficult life" including "sexual, physical and emotional abuse."

Coroner Mr Cox said there was "no evidence of a deliberate attempt to take her own life."

He added: "It seems to me that what has happened is that Joanna has unintentionally taken too much of the medication prescribed to her in addition to the illicit medication which has unintentionally resulted in her death. "

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