Despite dying at such a young age, Carolin Wosnitza, aka Sexy Cora, had already set up a porn website with a reported turnover of millions of Euros, made a name for herself on reality TV, and released two pop songs.
After moving from Berlin to the red lights of harbour city Hamburg in 2005, Wosnitza had her first breast enlargement in her late teens - a present from husband Tim.
She started out working as a prostitute in Hamburg's famed St. Pauli district.
But when the couple realized they could make money filming themselves having sex, they moved on to self-made porn, eventually creating one of the most successful labels of the genre in Germany.
Carolin Wosnitza, aka Sexy Cora. Photo: DPA
The porn stars quick rise to fame was accompanied by, and perhaps down to, her willingness to take headline grabbing risks. In 2009 she was hospitalized after trying to break the world record for the number of blow-jobs given in one day.
But the pressures of conforming to the porno aesthetic also led Wosnitza to have several breast enlargements, and after her fifth in 2011 at the Alster Clinic in Hamburg she suffered a cardiac arrest, dying nine days later.
An anaesthetist was convicted of negligent manslaughter in 2013 after he was found to have made several mistakes which led to her death, including switching off a heart monitor during surgery.
Now, husband Tim Wosnitza has initiated a civil case which will start on Friday. At the Hamburg court, the widower is demanding almost a million Euros in compensation.
Tim is claiming that the messed-up operation cost him hundreds of thousands of Euros in the business he ran in common with his wife. He is also seeking compensation for the trauma caused by the loss of his wife.
Speaking to Bild, Tim said: "I still haven't seen a cent, even though the clinic claims that their patients are insured against all the costs of the procedure."
Addiction to surgery
Sven von Saldern, president of the German Society for Plastic Surgery (DGÄPC), explained that putting yourself under the knife can turn into an obsession for some people.
"First you have your eyelids done, then you go for a facelift, then you let your breast get touched-up and then you pay to get rid of your stomach fat,” he says.
While at first these operations can improve people's quality of life "you have to watch out that it doesn't develop a momentum of its own," he warns.
Most people who seek beauty operations are female, with 86 percent of Germans who pay to go under the knife being women, say DGÄPC.
Jürgen Margraf, a psychologist from the University of Bremen says that most women who have too much treatment done belong to Germany's wealthy elite.
"Mostly it's not the woman making the money - they define themselves in these relationships by how they look - and the competition never sleeps," says Margraf.
But it's not just women who pay large amounts of money for this treatment.
Kai from Berlin started getting surgery when he was 18. Two nose jobs were followed by three lip injections and botox in his forehead.
"People think it makes you happy, but it doesn't,” he said. "It gives you a short boost and then it's over."