GRL Singer Simone Battle Dead at 25

She rose to fame on 'X Factor'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2014 12:31 PM CDT
GRL Singer Simone Battle Dead at 25
Simone Battle of the band GRL poses for a photo.   (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

Simone Battle, a singer with the group GRL, is dead at 25 of an apparent suicide, reports TMZ. Battle was found in her Los Angeles home yesterday morning, and authorities think she hanged herself. Battle first rose to national fame on the X Factor reality show in 2011. Though she got eliminated in the first live show in competition, she made an impression that helped her land a spot with GRL, a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls, reports the Daily News. "Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing,” said a joint statement from RCA Records and two other music companies. As an actress, Battle appeared in episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and Zoey 101, notes Billboard. (More Simone Battle stories.)

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