X Factor alumni Simone Battle was found dead in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home on Friday morning.
The 25-year-old’s death is still under investigation, but law enforcement believes that it was a suicide. No cause of death has been formally announced.
She was part of the X Factor’s first season and was mentored by Simon Cowell, but she was quickly eliminated from the show. Even then, she made her mark after landing a spot in the pop group G.R.L., which is a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls.
Friends, family and members of the music community took to social media to express their feelings after hearing the news.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L,” said Robin Antin, founder of Reign Deer Entertainment RCA Records and the Pussycat Dolls.
Friend and fellow music artist Derek Butler was the first one to break the news on Instagram, posting a photo of Battle with the caption: “I’m still in shock and in disbelief to have confirmed the death of my childhood friend.”
The remaining members of G.R.L. have also issued a statement on Twitter, saying, “Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone’s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart.”
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