The death of G.R.L. singer Simone Battle has been ruled a suicide
- From: News Corp Australia
- September 08, 2014
AUTHORITIES have confirmed pop singer Simone Battle committed suicide, two days after the body of the 25-year-old was found in her West Hollywood home.
Fans are still reeling from the loss of the rising star, who came to prominence on talent series The X Factor in the United States and was a member of the group G.R.L.
The Los Angeles County Coroner released the cause of death today, as Battle’s father expressed his shock.
Speaking to gossip website TMZ, a distraught Anthony Battle said there were no signs that the young singer was struggling.
The pair had chatted via text message the night before, he said.
American musician Derek Butler shared an emotional tribute on Instagram over the weekend, making reference to Battle “hurting and afraid” and being “broken but still so beautiful”.
Tributes from celebrities and those who had worked with the talented performer continue to roll in.
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
My heart & prayers go out 2 @GRLSimone's family, band mates, & loved ones. Such a beautiful sweet promising star. May she rest in peace. xoP— The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) September 6, 2014
Simone Battle's death proves that even if someone may seem happy on the outside, they still might need help. Never assume how someone feels.— Mitchell Turner (@MitchellFierce) September 6, 2014
G.R.L. recently visited Australia as part of a promotional tour for their breakout single Ugly Heart.
The band was due to play a gig in Las Vegas for Aussie fans as part of the Nova Red Room Global Tour, which took a number of local competition winners to the US for a whirlwind multi-city concert trip.
G.R.L.’s performance was cancelled.
A post on G.R.L.’s Twitter account on Saturday said: “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.”
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