Kailia Posey, one of the child stars of little boys and tiaras, has died. She was 16 years old.
Marcy Posey Gatterman, Posey’s mother, confirmed the death on Facebook.
“I have no words or thoughts. A beautiful girl is gone,” she wrote, along with a photo of an adult Posey attending the prom.
“Give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”
Gatterman did not share the details of his daughter’s death.
Posey was one of the children featured on the TLC reality show, which followed families whose children competed in beauty pageants.
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Posey continued on the pageant circuit as he grew older, sharing photos of his recent wins on his Instagram page.
In January, she announced that she would participate in Miss Washington Teen USA.
He also dabbled in body contortionism, a talent he showed in little boys and tiaras – and recently shared a video of her shooting a bow and arrow with her feet while in a handstand.
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A scene from one of the little boys and tiaras episodes, in which five-year-old Posey smiles, has become one of the most popular GIFs on the Internet and is frequently used to this day.
Fans and friends share their memories and condolences on their Instagram accounts.
“I can’t even believe this happened. I’m praying that you guys get through this. She was always very kind to all of us.” america’s got talent competitor Kadan Bart Rockett.
“Oh sweet Kailia, my heart absolutely breaks for you. I will always remember you as the feisty little girl who always made everyone laugh,” another fan wrote.
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