G.R.L. member Simone Battle confirmed dead, aged 25

Girl band's record label issue statement as Battle's father confirms she died on Friday morning

It has been confirmed that Simone Battle, a member of the girlband G.R.L., has died aged 25.

News of Battle’s death was first announced by producer Derek Butler via Instagram (see below) with a joint statement from Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records confirming the news. Battle can be seen above, on the far right.

The statement reads: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L. Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”

Additionally, Battle’s father Anthony E Battle confirmed to MailOnline that his daughter was found dead around 8am on Friday morning (September 5) and that the death is still under investigation. “She will be greatly missed and loved,’ he said. ‘She was an exuberant person and a very loved person.”

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Prior to joining G.R.L., Battle took part in the 2011 series of the US version of The X Factor, making it through to the live finals under the watch of Simon Cowell. Shortly after that she joined G.R.L, a band put together by Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin. The band released their latest single ‘Ugly Heart’ in the UK this week. Scroll down to watch the official video now.