So sad. Simone Battle, a member of the girls group G.R.L. and a former ‘X Factor’ contestant, passed away on Sept. 5 at the age of 25 from an apparent suicide, according to a report.
Pop singer Simone Battle died in her home on Sept. 5, reportedly by taking her own life. She was only 25. Simone was best known for being a finalist on The X Factor in 2011, where she was mentored by judge Simon Cowell. HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVE details on how her friends are coping with the news.
Simone Battle Dead: Young Singer Dies At 25
Simone passed away in her home, her father Anthony E. Battle told MailOnline. Simone’s death appears to be a suicide, law enforcement sources told TMZ. She was found hanging in a closet in her bedroom around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 5, the outlet reports. Simone’s autopsy has not been completed, the L.A. County Coroner’s Office told TMZ.
“She will be greatly missed and loved,” her father said. “She was an exuberant person and a very loved person.”
Her father told the outlet that her death is still under investigation.
One of Simone’s friends told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about their late friend.
“Can’t believe what I woke up to today,” Simone’s friend told HollywoodLife.com. “Simone Battle you will forever be missed. One of the sweetest souls I’ve ever met.”
Following the news of her death, Simone’s X Factor family mourned her death on Twitter. Simone’s record company and management also issued a joint statement.
“Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing,” the statement read, according to MailOnline. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”
Simone auditioned for The X Factor in 2011. She performed “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls in front of the judges. She made it to the Top 32, and was mentored by Simon. She moved on to the Top 17, but was eliminated in the first week. After The X Factor, Simone joined the reboot of The Pussycat Dolls after the original members left. By 2013, they were going by a new name, G.R.L.
The group recently starred alongside Pitbull in his music video for “Wild Wild Love.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Simone’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson