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Jesse Jane Dies: Porn Superstar Who Appeared In ‘Entourage’ & ‘The Bad Girls Club’ Found Unresponsive

Jesse Jane, one of the most popular porn film actors of the early 2000s who had some success pivoting to the mainstream, was found dead by police this morning with her boyfriend at their Oklahoma residence. She was 43.

Oklahoma City’s KOCO 5 TV channel reports that police officers were conducting a welfare check around 11 a.m. today at a home in Moore, Oklahoma. Two people were found unresponsive of suspected overdoses.

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Local law enforcement officials identified the dead as Cindy Taylor – Jane’s legal name after marrying, and subsequently divorcing, Rich Taylor; she was born Cynthia Ann Howell – and boyfriend Brett Hasenmueller. No foul play is suspected, and substances have been sent in for lab testing, according to KOCO.

A cause of death will be determined by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner.

Jane began her porn career in 2002 with an exclusive contract with the Digital Playground studio, where she’d remain through 2014, subsequently signing with Jules Jordan Video. She announced her retirement from the industry in 2017, and made limited porn appearances thereafter.

Beginning in 2003 and 2004, with uncredited appearances in the TV film Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding and the feature Starsky and Hutch, the Fort Worth native attempted to parlay her popularity into a more mainstream performing career. She appeared as herself in 2003 on Showtime’s reality series Family Business and in a 2005 episode of HBO’s Entourage, hosted 2006 episodes of Playboy TV’s live series Night Calls, and in 2009 appeared in Oxygen Network’s reality series The Bad Girls Club. She was interviewed in the 2009 CNBC documentary Porn: Business of Pleasure.

Information on survivors was not immediately available.

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