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“Toddlers and tiaras” star Kailia Posey died by suicide at the age of 16, according to a new report.
In a statement to TMZ, Posey’s family said, “Although she is an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, sadly, in an impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life. “
The Washington State Patrol confirmed to Fox News Digital that it is investigating the death of a minor at Birch Bay State Park. Authorities would not confirm that he is connected to Posey’s death.
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The family went on to tell TMZ they were devastated by her death and praised her many accomplishments during her lifetime, saying, “She has won countless crowns and trophies after competing on the pageant circuit all her life… Her highly acclaimed talent as a contortionist had already led to professional job offers on tour, and she had recently been selected to be a cheerleader at her high school next fall.”
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Her family said they plan to continue working in the entertainment industry and also dream of becoming a professional pilot.
According to the outlet, the family also set up a Whatcom Community Foundation fund in Posey’s name in hopes of securing “much-needed resources for students in crisis.”
Her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, announced her death Monday with a Facebook post.
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“I have no words or thoughts” she wrote. “A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us some privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My forever baby.”
Posey debuted on “Toddlers and Tiaras,” the same TLC show that launched Posey’s career. Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. The TLC show ran for seven seasons and ended in 2013. The show followed families as their young children participated in beauty pageant.
Kailia continued to enter pageants after her time on the show and most recently competed in the Miss Washington Teen USA pageant in February.
“I’m going to be competing in Miss Washington teen USA in February and I’m so excited!” she wrote on Instagram.
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After the contest, Kailia shared photos of herself and captioned the post, “One word. Thank you.”
A representative for Discovery, owner of TLC, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Fox News’ Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.
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