Toddlers and Tiaras Star Kailia Posey Dies at 16: Cause of Death, Mother’s Statement

Child star Kailia Posey, whose wicked grin became an internet sensation, has tragically died just days after her high school prom.

Toddlers & Tiaras star Kailia Posey has died. she was 16

Posey’s mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, announced the news on Facebook this week.

“I have no words or thoughts. A beautiful girl is gone,” she wrote. “Give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”

Gatterman did not share the cause of his daughter’s death. A representative for the Whatcom County Medical Examiner confirmed that the office is investigating.

Gatterman had posted photos of Posey attending prom just days before his death.

Posey was a young star on the TLC reality series, which ran from 2009 to 2013 and featured families preparing their children to compete in beauty pageants. she became one popular GIFs when her adorable “evil” smile went viral:

She kept up with the pageant circuit as a teenager and even announced on Instagram in January that she was preparing to compete as Miss Washington Teen USA in February. As she grew older, she also became interested in body contortion and opened an Instagram account exclusively for that hobby.

Fans have flooded both of her social media accounts to share their heartbreak and prayers.

“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.

“Rest in peace ️,” one fan wrote.

“Playing soccer with you now is a core memory. heaven gained an angel,” another friend added.

This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.

Originally published as Toddlers and Tiaras Star Kailia Posey Dead at 16

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