Tera Wray (born Tera Elizabeth Lents ; April 14, 1982 – January 13, 2016) was a pornographic actress, originally from Louisville, Kentucky. [3] Her stage name is derived from her real first name, Tera, and her best friend's middle name, Wray. [4]

Career

She has said "I've wanted to do porn since I was in the fourth grade. I would always tell people that I wanted to be a porn star." [5]

When she was 17, she had ovarian cancer, which was able to be removed by lasers and without chemotherapy. [4]

In summer 2006, Pleasure Productions signed her as their first contract performer in two years. [7]

Her first scene was with Lee Stone in Naughty Auditions , the second of her films to be released. Her first film released was Sweet Smokin' Hotties , on March 8, 2007. Her first lesbian scene was with Nicki Hunter. [8]

She was a fan of heavy metal music, and hosted Matt Zane's adult-oriented music series, Radium , during which she interviewed bands and attended concerts, as well as performing in sex scenes. [11] [12]

Personal life

Later, she traveled with Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest Summer Tour 2007 (as a model for the tour's sponsors, Hustler Lingerie). [13] During the tour, she began dating Static-X frontman Wayne Static, [12] [14] [15] On January 10, 2008 the couple wed in Las Vegas. [16] [2] She announced her retirement from the industry in August 2008. [2]

In 2009, Static-X released their sixth studio album, Cult of Static . This album features two tracks entitled "Tera-Fied", followed by " Stingwray ", which is a reference to Tera's stage name, as well as the latter song being a reference to her Corvette Stingray. She appeared in the music video for "Stingwray". [2]

Wray was widowed after Wayne Static died on November 1, 2014. [2]

Death

Wray committed suicide on January 13, 2016 at her friend (and roommate) Jay'e Jones' house in Joshua Tree, California. [21] She was 33 years old. Her body was discovered by Jones, when she returned home from her tattoo studio that evening. A note was left by Wray, instructing Jones to call Wray's mother, her attorney, and several others. [21]

Awards

  • 2008 F.A.M.E. Award Finalist – Favorite Rookie Starlet [35]
  • 2008 AVN Award nominee – Best New Starlet
  • 2008 AVN Award nominee – Most Outrageous Sex Scene ( Tattooed & Tight ) with Mark Zane [9] [10] [12] [60]
  • 2008 XBIZ Award nominee – New Starlet of the Year [24]
  • 2009 AVN Award nominee – Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene ( The Orifice )
  • 2009 AVN Award nominee – Most Outrageous Sex Scene ( Tattooed & Tight 3 )