NEW YORK (AP) Pornstar Amanda Knox was found dead on a beach on Wednesday in the city of Perugia after authorities said she had hanged herself.

A Perugian prosecutor said she was found hanging on a nearby beach.

She was found by an unidentified man on the shore of the island of San Domingo on the outskirts of Perogia, Peruginia prosecutor Jose Maria Corrado said.

Authorities said they were searching for Knox, 34, who lived in Italy.

She had been in and out of rehab for mental health problems, and her estranged husband had asked the police to help.

Authorities had said she hanged herself after she was arrested on suspicion of murdering Meredith Kercher, a former college classmate and girlfriend of her then-boyfriend Adnan Syed.

Knox had been on a hunger strike to protest her domestic abuse charges and had been hospitalized twice.

In August, she became the latest celebrity to fall victim to domestic violence.

She married the former British television star Syed in 1999 and divorced him in 2001.

In 2008, Knox and her lawyer sued her ex-husband, claiming he had caused physical and emotional harm.

She also filed a defamation lawsuit against him in 2014.

Knack, who was a British citizen and an American citizen, was a model and actress before she moved to Italy.

She starred in the television series “Macho Man” and in the 2007 movie “The Return.”

Her work with British TV channel Skyfall was a major boost to his career.