P0rn star Alicia Rio has died at the age of 55 due to “complications with Covid.”
The X-rated actress is reported to have died last week, on January 17, after she was found unresponsive at her home.
Alicia was well-known in the adult film industry after having starred in hundreds of movies during the 1990s – including Boderline, Reflections of Rio and Fantasies of Alicia.
She entered the adult film industry in 1991 and was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2004.
A relative of the Mexican born star posted: “We believe it was ultimately about with Covid that cut her life shorter than we would have hoped and expected.”
Alicia’s ex husband Steve Houston told AVN: “They did bring up Covid. I’m really waiting to hear what the coroner’s office comes up with.
“We’ll just leave it that she passed peacefully and quietly at home.”
Houston added that Alicia was “loved by everyone” in the adult film world, describing her as the industry’s “real deal”.
P0rn director and fellow AVN Hall of Fame inductee Glenn King took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late actress.
He tweeted: “I’m really sad today about the passing of Alicia Rio. I was a huge fan of her movies before I got in the industry… I met her a few times and thought she was a wonderful lady. RIP Alicia.”
Fans branded Rio a “pioneer and trailblazer” in the adult film industry as they paid tribute to her.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Damn Covid got Alicia Rio too? Jr high me sends all my love”.
Another commented: “Sad to read about the passing of a real one. RIP Alicia Rio.”