Reality television fans were confronted with tragedy this week when it was announced that former “Toddlers and Tiaras” star Kailia Posey had passed away at the age of 16.
Former child star died by suicide
“I don’t have words or any thoughts,” Gatterman wrote. “A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.” Facebook users were quick to offer their condolences, with many sharing fond memories of Posey.
Although Gatterman did not initially disclose her daughter’s cause of death, Fox News revealed on Wednesday that she later state it was 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,” Fox News quoted Gatterman as saying in a statement provided to TMZ.
“She won countless crowns & trophies after competing on the pageant circuit her entire life,” Gatter’s statement went on to recall.
“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.”
Fox News noted that the teenager rose to prominence on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras,” a program focusing on child beauty pageant contestants that came to an end in 2013.
Disney did not comment on Posey’s death
In addition to Posey, the program also featured Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, who later starred in her own reality TV show.
TLC is owned by the Walt Disney Company and Fox News indicated that the entertainment giant did not respond to a request for comment.
Posey continued competing in beauty competitions after leaving the show, with Fox News reporting that she took to Instagram earlier this year to discuss an upcoming event.
“I’m going to be competing in Miss Washington teen USA in February and I am so excited!” the contestant wrote, later adding that she felt “thankful” to have been able to participate.