AMERICAN IDOL star Nikki McKibbin who was known for appearing on the first season of the series has died aged 42. But how did Nikki McKibbin die?
Nikki McKibbin who appeared in the first series of American talent show American Idol has died aged 42. The news of her death was confirmed by fellow American Idol star Justin Guarini in a post to his Instagram.
The post read: “@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit.
“Even in our 20s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way… but I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said ‘You are the Gypsy that I was…’
“Nikki was on cloud nine and the joy and excitement that radiated from her was infectious. After the kind of emotional beating she took at the hands of the masses, she deserved to feel good about herself, even for a little while.
“Rest well, ‘Gypsy’…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight.”
The Twitter account for American Idol have since paid tribute to the late star.
They wrote: “Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing.
“She was part of the American Idol family and will be truly missed.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.”
How did Nikki McKibbin die?
The cause of the singer’s death is yet to be confirmed.
Although Nikki is was reported to have died on Saturday, October 31 of a brain aneurysm, according to TMZ.
The news of her death was later confirmed by Justin Guarini who appeared alongside Nikki in the 2002 series.