Tiziana Cantone, from Naples in Italy, was filmed performing a sex act on a man and the video was uploaded on to the internet before being widely shared.
There are claims in Italy that she had sent the video to her former lover to taunt him. But the explicit footage appeared online in 2015 and she faced months of abuse and mocking.
According to close friends and relatives, the 31-year-old was deeply depressed and on the brink of suicide for months prior to her death.
There are claims in Italy that she had sent the video to her former lover to taunt him
They claim that she could not handle the negative attention from social media.
Ms Cantone could reportedly be heard on the sex tape saying: ‘Are you making a video? Bravo.’
Local media reports that this phrase has been repeatedly used by people who made parodies of the sex tape and shared them online – including Italian Serie A players Paolo Cannavaro, 35, and Antonio Floro Flores, 33.
The clip shows Sassuolo defender Paolo Cannavaro being recorded by Chievo Verona player Floro Flores as they staged the short skit in a supermarket.
The footage starts with Floro Flores doing a video selfie saying: ‘But where is he (Paolo Cannavaro), what is he doing?’
The camera then pans round to Cannavaro who is kneeling in front of a shop shelf holding a carton of juice.
Paolo Cannavaro – the younger brother of FIFA World Cup and Ballon D’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro – says: ‘Are you taking a video? Bravo!’ and both footballers start to laugh.
The video was recorded over a year ago when the men were both Sassuolo players. Neither have commented on the recent media reports.
When her own video was shared widely, Ms Cantone is said to have started to receive abusive messages. She was also reportedly often recognised on the street and even had to quit her job.
The sex tape became so widely known that she was also forced to change her name.
Ms Cantone underwent a legal process at the court of Naples North where she was granted a new legal name to avoid being recognised.
Her lawyer, Roberta Manzillo, is said to have taken legal action against a number of internet search engines as well as people responsible for sharing the sex tape on social networks.