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American Idol star Nikki McKibbin has died aged just 42.

Nikki became a household home in the US when she placed third on the first ever season of American Idol

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Rest in peace.

Nikki McKibbin has tragically died.

News has just emerged that Nikki McKibbin has tragically died.

McKibbin was best known for starring on American Idol.

And McKibbin didn't only appear on a few episodes, she finished third on the first ever American Idol back in 2002.

She sang her own versions of rock classics.

Including Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, and Janis Joplin.

But her best remembered appearance.

Is when she sang Alannah Myles song, Black Velvet.

She did exceptionally well on the show.

And finished behind Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson, who won the competition.

Before that she starred on other talent shows.

Such as Popstars - but she wasn't the only member of her family to make a name for themselves in music.

Nikki's son appeared on American Idol too.

At the time he was just 15 but he made it to the Hollywood stage before being cut.

Immediately after leaving American Idol, Nikki was signed to a label.

But it wasn't to be - as the label insisted Nikki released a country album, whereas she wanted to stay true to her rock roots.

Nikki didn't want to sell out.

And as a result, her and the label parted ways over creative differences.

After that she appeared on many albums.

Such as Christmas in a Fishbowl and American Christmas.

She was also in a band.

Back in 2005, McKibbin joined Dallas rock band Downside. They did several shows together including a sold out show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas.

But again.

Due to creative and personal differences McKibbin left the band in September of the same year.

McKibbin's substance abuse was well documented.

And she was fairly open about too - appearing on on Dr. Drew's 'Celebrity Rehab'.

Nikki then moved to a sober living house.

Her time there was chronicled on 'Sober House', a spinoff of 'Celebrity Rehab'.

Nikki also starred in Fear Factor.

As well as 'Battle of the Network Reality Stars'.

Nikki died in hospital.

The singer and reality star was just 42-years-old at the time of her death.

She was on life support.

According to TMZ, Nikki suffered a brain aneurysm and was placed on life support.

But at 3am she passed away.

She was taken to the operating room where her organs were harvested and she was pronounced dead.

She was surrounded by her family.

And is survived by her son and husband, Craig Sadler, who she has been married to since 2007.

Rest in peace.

Our thoughts go out to McKibbin's family and friends during this difficult time. RIP.