X Factor co-host Paula Abdul also sent good thoughts:
Nicole Scherzinger, also a judge on the music competition show during season 1, said that she will dedicate a performance to Battle tonight:
Robin Antin said over Instagram, “I’m so beyond devastated by the loss of our beautiful Simone❤️ … Simone I will miss your smile, Your adorable laugh, Your loving spirit that you brought to all of us, The joy that you felt when you were singing, dancing, performing, laughing, and goofing around with your GRLs, and most of all the beautiful friendship and bond that tied us all together, that will forever be in my heart… How lucky we are to have had You in our lives Simone, you inspired us all, and touched fans all around the world with your sweet sweet voice and talent…. We will NEVER forget… I Love you sweet Simone Rest in Peace…@grl”
Previous, 9:45AM: The X Factor contestant and G.R.L. pop singer Simone Battle, 25, died Friday from an apparent suicide. She was found dead at 8 am by her father Anthony E. Battle. At the time of Battle’s death, G.R.L. was seen as a re-boot of the Pussycat Dolls. In a joint statement, her record company Reign Deer Entertainment, Kemosable Records, RCA and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L. Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.” Battle appeared on the first season of The X Factor in 2011. She was mentored by Simon Cowell and eliminated in the first week. Her acting credits include TV series Everybody Hates Chris and Zoey 101, as well as the Mario Van Peebles feature We the Party. TMZ reported that Battle died from an apparent suicide, while no cause of death has been ruled yet.