Nikki McKibbin dead: American Idol 2002 runner up dies aged 42

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American Idol star Nikki McKibbin has died.

The Texan native who rose to fame on the primary season of the present in 2002 was solely 42 – years-old.

The unhappy information was introduced by her co-star Justin Guarini on Instagram on Saturday.

He penned: “@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, humorous woman who may sing the Hell out of a rock music with the identical form of ease and command she lovingly used to chop you along with her twangy Southern wit. ⁣

“Even in our 20’s once we had been on  American Idol  collectively I may inform that she’d had a difficult life, and that not that many individuals had been type to her alongside the best way…however I’ll always remember the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, despatched her flowers with a card that mentioned ‘You’re the Gypsy that I used to be…’.

“Nikki was on cloud 9 and the enjoyment and pleasure that radiated from her was infectious. After the form of emotional beating she took by the hands of the plenty, she deserved to be ok with herself, even for a short while,” he wrote.⁣

“Relaxation properly, ‘Gypsy’…and thanks for the laughter, cruel teasing, energy, vulnerability, love and friendship you confirmed me throughout our time collectively within the highlight.”

TMZ report that sources instructed them that Nikki died of a mind aneurysm.

American Idol star Nikki McKibbin (centre) has died

The American outlet declare the singer was within the hospital on life assist and at three AM she was pronounced lifeless.

Nikki completed third on the 2002 sequence of American Idol.

Justin Guarini was second and Kelly Clarkson was topped the winner.

Nikki was open about her troubles and had substance abuse points.

She appeared in 2008 on Dr. Drew’s Celeb Rehab and went on to be on Sober Home, a by-product of Celeb Rehab.

Nikki was married to Craig Sadler since 2007.

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