‘X Factor’ singer Simone Battle found dead
Simone Battle, a U.S. 'X Factor' finalist and member of pop group G.R.L., was found dead in her West Hollywood home on Friday. The singer was 25.
TMZ reports Battle was found hanging on a rod in the closet of her bedroom around 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
A spokeswoman for the LAPD could not confirm the details of Battle's death when TheWrap reached out for comment. 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."
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment, either.
TMZ reports that while her death appears to be a suicide, the autopsy has not been completed yet, so a cause of death has not been officially determined.
Battle competed on the first season of the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's "X Factor," which ran on Fox for three seasons. The Los Angeles native made it to the top 17 in the girls category before being eliminated after the first live performance.
She joined Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin's latest musical project, G.R.L., in August 2012. The group released their latest single, "Ugly Heart," of their debut self-titled EP in June.
Previously, the girl group was featured in Pitbull's "Wild Wild Love," and had their first single, "Vacation," included on the soundtrack for "The Smurfs 2."