Simone Battle, 'X Factor' Finalist, Dies At 25
The X Factor finalist and G.R. L. girl group member Simone Battle died on Friday of an apparent suicide. She was 25.
'X Factor' Finalist Dies
Battle was found dead in her home, according to her father, Anthony E. Battle. “She will be greatly missed and loved,” he told the Daily Mail. “She was an exuberant person and a very loved person.”
After the news of Battle’s tragic and untimely death broke, her management and record company released a joint statement:
“Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”
While Battle’s father claims that her death is still under investigation, it’s believed that the singer’s death is the result of a suicide attempt, according to TMZ. Battle was reportedly found hanging in her bedroom closet at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5. The L.A. County Coroner's office told the website that an autopsy has yet to be completed.
Battle’s big break came in 2011 after she auditioned for The X Factor with The Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up.” She was mentored on the show by music mogul Simon Cowell and made it until the Top 17. Following her run on the talent show, Battle joined G.R. L., an offshoot of The Pussycat Dolls.