Star of Toddlers and Tiaras, Kailia Posey’s cause of death has been revealed by her family.
She was just sixteen-years-old.
News of the teens death broke yesterday and since then tributes have been pouring in…
Paying tribute on Twitter, one person wrote: “Many thoughts, many prayers and much love and sympathy for her family and friends.”
“My deepest condolences to your family for your loss. She was much too young to be taken. May God help you to get through such a painful loss,” wrote another.
Posey found fame when she was young on the reality TV show, Toddlers and Tiaras.
The show followed the lives of families of young children who competed in child beauty pageants.
Posey became widely known as “grinning girl” after a GIF of her excited face went viral.
TMZ reported that Posey’s tragic passing was announced in a post on Facebook by her mom.
In the post, her mom reportedly asked for privacy while they mourn the loss.
“I don’t have words or any thoughts,” the post read, the outlet reports. “A beautiful baby girl is gone.”
“Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever”.
And now, Posey’s family have released a statement revealing her tragic cause of death.
In a statement to TMZ, her family described Posey as an “accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her.”
“She won countless crowns & trophies after competing on the pageant circuit her entire life,” the statement said according to the outlet.
“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.”
Her family further explained that Posey had planned to get her commercial pilot’s license while continuing to work in the entertainment industry.
In the statement, the family also tragically revealed that Posey died by suicide.
“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,” they said.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Kailia Posey.