X Factor alumni Simone Battle was found deceased in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home this past Friday morning.
While the 25-year-old’s death is still under investigation, law enforcement suspects it was a suicide. However, no cause of death has been formally announced yet.
Battle was a contestant on the first season of X Factor and was mentored by Simon Cowell; unfortunately she was quickly eliminated from the show.
Even after the rejection, she still made her mark. She soon later landed a spot in the pop group G.R.L., which is a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls.
Many friends, family and members of the music community took to social media to express their emotions after discovering the news.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L,” said Robin Antin, founder of Reign Deer Entertainment RCA Records and the Pussycat Dolls.
Friend and fellow music artist Derek Butler was the initial person to confirm the news on Instagram, posting a photo of Battle with the caption: “I’m still in shock and in disbelief to have confirmed the death of my childhood friend.”
The remaining members of G.R.L. also issued a statement on Twitter that stated, “Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone’s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart.”