Simone Battle, a young perspective singer and former X Factor contestant, was found dead on Friday September 5th at her Hollywood home.
Battle’s tragic death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, a Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesperson confirmed on Monday. The G.R.L. singer was only 25 years old. The news of her death was publicly confirmed on Saturday, by her music group’s management and record company.
G.R.L. group founder Robin Antin remembered Simone in a heartfelt Instagram post, writing, “Simone I will miss your smile, your adorable laugh, your loving spirit that you brought to all of us, the joy that you felt when you were singing, dancing, performing, laughing, and goofing around with your GRLs, and most of all the beautiful friendship and bond that tied us all together, that will forever be in my heart…How lucky we are to have had You in our lives Simone, you inspired us all, and touched fans all around the world with your sweet, sweet voice and talent. We will NEVER forget… I Love you sweet Simone. Rest in Peace.”
Paula Van Oppen, Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada and Natasha Slayton, G.R.L’s four other members, released a joint statement on social media: “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.”
G.R.L. were just starting with their pop chart domination and the well deserved spotlight. They sang the chorus on the popular Pitbull song “Wild Wild Love.” Their recent single “Ugly Heart” just went to number two on the charts in Australia, which was truly a great start for a music career.
Simone joined the group in 2012. They were being sold as the next Pussycat Dolls (which is not a surprise, since both bands were created by Robin Antin). Before joining the group, Battle had also been a finalist on the 2011U.S. version of X Factor, and an actress in the 2012 Mario Van Peebles film, “We the Party.”