Simone Battle was killed by her own hand in a hanging suicide in Beverly Hills, California. Battle, who appeared to be on the verge of realizing her lifelong dream of stardom, hanged herself Friday, September 5, 2014, the Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman said Monday. She was found hanging in a closet at about 7:45 am Friday, according to Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.
Battle, 25, was an "X Factor" finalist in 2011 and a singer with G.R.L., a girls group created last year to replace the Pussycat Dolls.
She and her four bandmates found success in 2014 with their music, including a collaboration with Pitbull. G.R.L. performed on ABC's "Good Morning America" last month.
The name "Simone Battle" literally means "loud/heard sustained fight between large, organized armed forces."