Kailia Posey Cause Of Death Revealed; Onetime ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Competitor And Actress Was 16 – Updated

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Kailia Posey via Instagram

UPDATED: One day after the news broke that actress Kailia Posey, who appeared memorably on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras, had died at 16, her stepfather Steve Gatterman posted a long statement from the family.

Among the details in the statement is the following: “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.”

Gatterman also asked that “members of the national media…please stop calling, texting, and messaging. Please stop bugging our friends and family. We have no further statement. Thank you.”

He ended by sharing the following information:

“If you or someone you know is contemplating ending their life, help is available. Reach out to family, friends and/or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255.”

PREVIOUSLY on Tuesday: Kailia Posey, an actress who appeared in one memorable episode of TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras, which led to a popular GIF, has died, according to a Facebook post by her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman. Her cause of death was not announced. She was 16.

Posey appeared at age 5 on the show in and episode titled “California Tropic Arizona.” She competed in that pageant against two other girls featured on the show in 2012.

While it was her only appearance, a cute clip of the 5-year-old scrunching up her neck with a silly smile on her face became a GIF that caught fire on the internet and was dubbed “grinning girl.”

Posey also appeared in the 2019 horror film Eli opposite Lily Taylor and Sadie Sink.

According to her Instagram pages — she kept one as a personal account and one as an “Official Pageant page” — she continued to compete, being named Miss Teen Lynden WA USA three months ago.

Her mother posted several photos of Posey on Facebook, including one of her daughter with a halo around her head.

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

Just last Saturday, the proud mother posted photos of her daughter and friends smiling together on their way to prom.

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