Singer Simone Battle’s Death Ruled As Suicide

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Simone Battle, who was a part of the five-member pop band G.R.L., was found dead at her Hollywood home on Saturday (Sept. 6). The autopsy conducted on Sunday determined Battle’s death as a suicide after her boyfriend found her body hanging in the closet of the apartment they shared. She was last seen alive at 3:45 a.m. Friday before committing suicide four hours later.

The 25-year-old singer was an X Factor finalist in 2011, but recently found success with her four bandmates when they collaborated with Pitbull on his song “Wild Wild Love.” The song was performed on ABC’s Good Morning America last month, and rose to No. 30 on Billboard’s Hot 100 this year.

Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin created the new girl band as the “next generation” of her original group, but today, family and friends of the aspiring musician mourn her loss.

Battle had the highlight of her acting career with a role in We the Party, a film directed by Mario Van Peebles in 2012. She studied ballet, tap, modeling and acting in television commercials before furthering her education in music and songwriting at the University of Southern California.

The other G.R.L. members — Paula Van Oppen, Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada and Natasha Slayton — took to Twitter with other celebrities, including Pitbull and Simon Cowell to express their shock and condolences over Battle’s untimely death.

G.R.L.’s latest single was “Ugly Heart” released in June.

See Pitbull’s official music video for “Wild Wild Love” with G.R.L. below:

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