X Factor Contestant Simone Battle Found Dead At 25

X Factor Contestant Simone Battle Found Dead At 25
by Ashley Collman
Source: dailymail.co.uk
  • TMZ reports that the death is under investigation as a suicide 
  • Battle was found dead early Friday morning in Los Angeles, around 8am
  • Battle was a member of the girl-group G.R.L. and once competed on the U.S. X Factor 
Pop singer Simone Battle died Friday morning, at her home in Los Angeles, MailOnline has confirmed.

The 25-year-old G.R.L. group singer and former X Factor contestant was found dead around 8am, her father Anthony E Battle told MailOnline. 

'She will be greatly missed and loved,' Mr Battle said. 'She was an exuberant person and a very loved person.' 

He says the death is still under investigation, but law enforcement sources told TMZ it was an apparent suicide.

Today, Battle's record company and management issued a joint statement on her passing.

'We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.' the statement from Reign Deer Entertainment, Kemosabe Records, RCA Records and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin reads.

'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.'

Friend and fellow-musician Derek Butler initially broke the news overnight on Instagram. 

Butler posted a picture of Battle and wrote: 'I'm, still in shock and in disbelief to have confirmed the death of my childhood friend.

'Her heart was pure gold and her star power limitless. Rest in sweet peace Angel.'  

At the time of her death, Battle was singing in the girl group G.R.L. which was initially organized as a re-boot of The Pussycat Dolls group.

Star: Battle, pictured center, was a member of the girl group G.R.L. From left: Lauren Bennett, Natasha Slayton, Battle,   Emmalyn Estrada and Paula von Oppen at the Maxim Hot 100 event in California last June

Battle posted this picture of herself in Florida two months ago

However, the group decided to go by a different name and launch as a second-generation of the band. 

The remaining members issued a statement about her death on Saturday via Twitter. 

'Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart.

'We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.' 

Battle first started singing professionally after her breakout on the U.S. version of the X Factor in 2011. 

She made it to the top 17 and was mentored by judge Simon Cowell. 

Calls to the Los Angeles Police Department were not immediately returned Saturday morning.

Competitor: Simone Battle was found dead around 8am Friday morning in Los Angeles. Pictured above during her run on the American-version of X Factor in 2011

G.R.L. was organized as a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls, but the group eventually decided to go by a different name. From left: Lauren Bennett, Natasha Slayton, Simone Battle, Emmalyn Estrada and Paula von Oppen

Radio play: The group were on the verge of breakout at the time of Battle's death 

Family: Battle (center) pictured with her mother Donna Morgan (left) and father Anthony Battle (right) at Wango Tango is Los Angeles this past May

  • For confidential help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or click here
  • For confidential support on suicide matters in the UK, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here

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