After first learning of Simone Battle’s death this past weekend, it has now been revealed that the GRL singer’s death came as the result of a suicide by hanging.
According to Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department, the cause of death was determined Sunday, two days after the 25-year-old singer was found dead in her West Hollywood home. No further details are being released.
The remaining members of GRL reacted to the tragedy via social media with the following statement: “Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone’s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart. We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.”
Before jointing GRL, Battle gained notoriety from appearing on the television show X Factor. Then with GRL, which was originally a rebooted version of Interscope Records’ famed girl group the Pussycat Dolls , she and the rest of the group gained very notable traction after signing to mega-hit producer Dr. Luke’s Sony Music Imprint, Kemosabe Records.
As we previously reported, Kemosabe released GRL’s first single “Vacation” in June of last year as part of the Smurfs 2 Soundtrack. Their success then continued when they were featured on Pitbull’s hit single “Wild Wild Love” earlier this year. While talking with the associated press in July, Battle credited Pitbull’s hit for helping build the platform the group needed to launch their latest single “Ugly Heart”.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Simone’s friends and family during this difficult time. Thank you for the music Simone. May you rest in peace.
“Wild, Wild Love”
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