Kailia Posey, a 16-year-old pageant queen who appeared on the reality show “Toddlers & Tiaras” when she was 5 years old, reportedly took her own life.
The teenager’s mom, Marcy Posey Gatterman, broke the heartbreaking news of her daughter’s death in a Facebook post on Monday night, May 2.
“I don’t have any words or any thoughts. “A beautiful baby girl is gone,” Kailia’s mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, wrote on Facebook.
A family source confirmed a day later that the teenager had committed 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.
She won countless crowns & trophies after competing on the pageant circuit her entire life. 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.
Kailia also had a love for aviation that was taking her to possible get her flying license and eventually become a pilot. She will be sorely missed. May she rest in peace.” her family told TMZ.
Posey starred as a child actress in the TLC reality show from 2009 until 2013. She revealed on Instagram in January that she would compete as Miss Washington Teen USA in February.