The death of Simone Battle has officially been ruled a suicide by hanging by the Los Angeles Coroner’s office.
The 25 year old singer was found hanging on a rod in the closet of her bedroom around 8:30 AM on Friday. She was living in the guest house of a large residence in West Hollywood.
Fans were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic death of the G.R.L group member and X Factor USA alum over the weekend.
Condolences from friends and colleagues poured in over twitter.
Simon Cowell, who mentored Simone when she competed on the inaugural season of X Factor USA in 2011, tweeted “I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It’s such a loss. Rest in peace Simone.” Fellow alums, Stacy Francis. Astro, and Willie Jones also added to the twitter reaction, as did Nicole Scherzinger who was a judge on the panel that season.
Simone’s current project, the girl group, G.R.L., was about to hit it big with their first single, “Ugly Heart.” The quintet was already making waves in Australia and the United Kingdom and were headed for America. All the burgeoning success could not stave off whatever despair led Simone to take her own life. RIP Simone