Former “X Factor” contestant and pop singer Simone Battle died Friday morning in her home in Los Angeles. The 25-year old’s father, Anthony E. Battle, told MailOnline that she was found dead approximately at 8am.
“She will be greatly missed and loved,’ Mr. Battle said. “She was an exuberant person and a very loved person.”
Battle was a member of the pop group, G.R.L. According to TMZ, Battle’s death is currently being treated as an apparent suicide.
Battle gained notice as a contestant on “X Factor” in 2011 before joining the girl group, which was initially conceived as a re-boot of The Pussycat Dolls. Eventually, they were re-christened “G.R.L.” and released their first EP this July. The remaining members have issued a brief statement relaying their shock and dismay over the loss of Battle.
“Words cannot express the depth of our loss,” the statement says. “Simone’s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart.”
“X Factor” creator Simon Cowell and former judge Paula Abdul also offered condolences via Twitter.
“I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away,” Cowell tweeted. “She was such a fun nice person. It’s such a loss. Rest in peace Simone.”
“My heart & prayers go out 2 @GRLSimone’s family, band mates, & loved ones,” shared Abdul. “Such a beautiful sweet promising star. May she rest in peace. xoP”
Battle’s record company, RCA Records and management, Reign Deer Entertainment, and Robin Antin, founder of G.R.L. and the Pussycat Dolls, issued a joint statement on her death.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.,” the statement reads. “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.”
Musician Derek Butler, Battle’s friend, posted very early this morning on Instagram that she’d died.
“I’m, still in shock and in disbelief to have confirmed the death of my childhood friend,” he wrote. “Her heart was pure gold and her star power limitless. Rest in sweet peace Angel.”