‘America’s Got Talent’ star Skilyr Hicks was found dead on a bathroom floor, after what authorities believe was a drug overdose.
According to multiple reports, the 23-year-old passed away on Monday, after a friend found her unconscious on a bathroom floor. In 2013, the young singer starred on the popular singing competition show at 14-years-old — and impressed the judges enough to make it to the second round.
A spokesperson for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina says it is “suspected” that Hicks died of a “drug overdose.” Officers say the singer was found on the floor and drugs and other paraphernalia were found at the scene. She was pronounced dead after authorities rushed to Liberty, South Carolina home.
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Skilyr’s mother — Jodi — confirmed the death, saying she doesn’t actually know the homeowner where her daughter was found unconscious. Unfortunately, the exact circumstances of the young singer’s death are not known to the family. But, Hicks’ mother admits her daughter was battling mental health issues prior to her death. Depression and substance abuse were both issues she was fighting in the past few years.
Back in 2018, the musician was arrested for underage drinking and reportedly spent some time in jail after an altercation with her family.
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“She will live on through her music,” Jodi said. Also, she is survived by her mother and four siblings. Tragically, during her Season 8 audition for ‘AGT’ Skilyr performed an original song that was a tribute to her father. The singer lost her dad a few years before appearing on the show and reportedly taught herself how to play and write music. At the time, she impressed the judges but was eliminated before the contestants traveled to New York for the live rounds.
Skilyr’s social media accounts are flooding with fans commenting on the singer’s tragic death. “I’m so sorry your pain and struggles got the best of you, my dear. Rest easy, kid,” one person wrote. Another added, “Rest In Peace you were beautiful and super talented I wish you could still be here.” Adding, “Sleep In Peace. Condolences to the family.”
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“So so shocked to hear 🥺❤ will remember you through your music,” a fan wrote.
The death comes on the heels of another tragic death involving a contestant on the big competition shows. As we reported, ‘The Voice’ star Thomas Wells died last month after a freak accident with a conveyer belt. The 46-year-old singer was working at a manufacturing plant in Oklahoma when he got caught in an automatic conveyor, which didn’t stop. The family issued a statement regarding the death, saying, “Thomas had an amazing voice and loved singing hymns as well as contemporary music. He always had a smile and loved to joke and give people a hard time. He was a great entertainer and always became the center of attention.”