Kailia Posey, a former child star of the reality TV show Toddlers & Tiaras, has died at 16, her family confirmed.
Kailia rose to fame at the tender age of 5.
Her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, shared a photo of her daughter in a gown with a caption:
"I don't have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever."
The former reality TV show star went viral as her grinning smiling face, looking at the side, became a meme.
Initially, the cause of death was unknown. However, a day later, her stepfather, Steve Gatterman, posted a longer statement confirming that 16-year-old Kailia had taken her own life. The statement partially read:
"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."
The stepfather asked, "members of the national media…please stop calling, texting, and messaging. Please stop bugging our friends and family. We have no further statement. Thank you."
A few days before her death, the 16-year-old celebrated her birthday with her friends and family and attended her school prom.
May she rest in peace.