An official cause of death has not been announced
Simone Battle, member of the pop all girl group, G.R.L. and former X Factor contestant, Simone Battle has died at the age of 25.
While an official cause of death has not yet been determined, law enforcement officials confirm to TMZ that the singer was found hanging in her Los Angeles home on September 5th from an apparent suicide.
Battle’s four other G.R.L. members, Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada, Natasha Slayton and Paula Van Oppen, took to social media on Saturday (Sept 6th) to express their sadness.
“Words cannot express the depth of our loss,” they write on Facebook. “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.’s self-titled debut EP was released on July 29th through Kemosabe Records/RCA Records, who, along with G.R.L. management Reign Deer Entertainment and G.R.L. founder and choreographer/director Robin Antin, released the following statement to Billboard on Saturday.
“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. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”
Battle joined G.R.L. after appearing on the X Factor in 2011 and being mentored by Simon Cowell and releasing several solo singles.