Simone Battle, X Factor finalist and her band G.R.L. had been recently signed by Grammy-nominated producer Dr. Luke, was found deceased in her home, according to authorities. Found in her West Hollywood residence Friday, autopsy report and initial findings confirm the rising star committed suicide.
First reported by TMZ, reports have since come in that the 25 year old singer’s body was found in the bedroom closet where she hung herself.
Once informed of her death and cause of, Simone’s father Anthony displayed confusion to her unforeseeable actions.”It’s possible she may have had an invisible disability,” he said, adding that her boyfriend discovered the body in her bedroom.
Battle’s record company, however, confirmed her passing and released a statement to the media.”We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L. Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing,” a joint statement from Reign Deer Entertainment, Kemosabe Records and RCA reads. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”
Since the announcement of her death several of those she’s touched with her voice and worked with have shared their condolences:
Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone’s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart.
— G.R.L. (@grl) September 6, 2014
I’d give it all to hear your sweet song once more… — EVAN MELLOWS (@EvanMellows) September 5, 2014
I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It’s such a loss. Rest in peace Simone.
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) September 6, 2014
She grew up in Los Angeles, singing in a church choir, studying ballet and tap, modeling and acting in television commercials before working an internship with a company associated with the Black Eyed Peas.
She studied music and songwriting at the University of Southern California before competing on “The X Factor,” where she reached the top 16.
The highlight of her acting career was a role in “We the Party,” a 2012 film directed by Mario Van Peebles, the bio said.