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GRL’s Simone Battle dead at 25 1:28

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Simone Battle of US girl group GRL has died, aged 25. Courtesy: Getty

Tragic loss ... Simone Battle of the band GRL took her own life, authorities in Los Angel

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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.

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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.

SHOCK LOSS: G.R.L.’s Simone Battle dead at 25

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.

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.

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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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