On Tuesday, the family of Kailia Posey, the cheerful child pageant contestant who rose to fame with her appearance on Toddlers & Tiaras, revealed that Kailia had died.

TMZ confirmed the news that Posey took her own life and shared a statement from the 16-year-old’s heartbroken family.

Posey’s family statement reads as follows:

“Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in one impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life.”

The statement concluded:

“She won countless crowns & trophies after competing on the pageant circuit her entire life …

Her highly acclaimed talent as a contortionist had already led to professional touring job offers, and she had recently been selected to be a cheerleader at her high school next fall.”

Posey’s mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, also wrote on Facebook:

“I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”

The family has now set up the Kailia Posey Teen Crisis Intervention Fund, which will aim to get “much-needed resources to students in crisis.”

In pictures posted on Facebook over the weekend, Posey, the breakout star of the TLC series on child beauty pageants, which ran from 2009 to 2013, thanks in part to her cheeky grin, was smiling and apparently happy with her friends as she attended her high-school prom.

Watch it here: TLC/Youtube
Friends and fans of Posey have been recalling memories online and offering condolences to the family.

“Can’t even believe this has happened. I’m praying for you guys to get through this. She always was so kind to all of us. Rest In Peace,” America’s Got Talent magician Kadan Rockett wrote on Instagram.

Source: TMZ

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