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Nikki McKibbin who appeared in the first series of American talent show American Idol has died aged 42. The news of her death was confirmed by fellow American Idol star Justin Guarini in a post to his Instagram.
The post read: “@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit.
“Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way… but I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said ‘You are the Gypsy that I was…’
“Nikki was on cloud nine and the joy and excitement that radiated from her was infectious. After the kind of emotional beating she took at the hands of the masses, she deserved to feel good about herself, even for a little while.
“Rest well, ‘Gypsy’…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight.
How did Nikki McKibbin die?
The cause of the singer’s death is yet to be confirmed.
Although a source told TMZ Nikki died of a brain aneurysm.
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