Heartbreaking news just in.
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
Keep scrolling to learn more.
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.
I just saw that Nikki McKibbin passed away and I am heartbroken. My heart goes out to her fam. Damn.— Nettey Farol (@Nettey Farol)1604208994.0
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.
I’m so sad to hear that Nikki McKibbin from first season American Idol died. This breaks my heart. I have great mem… https://t.co/PGATOJs3bs— Christina (@Christina)1604190593.0
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.
Rest peacefully, my beautiful @nikkimckibbin. You’ll be in my heart always. #RestInPeace https://t.co/N3UnZ3uPyg— Jim Verraros (@Jim Verraros)1604244931.0
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.
Due to creative and personal differences McKibbin left the band in September of the same year.
Sad to hear about the passing of Idol season 1 contestant and 3rd place finisher Nikki McKibbin. Glad that she got… https://t.co/UBjWAST6zt— Jeremy (@Jeremy)1604189659.0
McKibbin's substance abuse was well documented.
And she was fairly open about too - appearing on on Dr. Drew's 'Celebrity Rehab'.
damn.. i didn’t / don’t know much about her but this makes me so sad. rip Nikki McKibbin ❤️ https://t.co/tEwqofb4Zk https://t.co/EDxPX60Xyo— brandi 🌻 (@brandi 🌻)1604245550.0
Nikki then moved to a sober living house.
Her time there was chronicled on 'Sober House', a spinoff of 'Celebrity Rehab'.
- Love you, Nikki McKibbin always! rest easy 🕊thank you for sharing your gift to the world! https://t.co/lcXLWbX9O8— jasmine. 🚀🏀 | she/her | (@jasmine. 🚀🏀 | she/her |)1604190700.0