Pageant enthusiast, Kailia Posey, was a pageant star, and contortionist and had dreams of becoming an airline pilot. She died by suicide at the age of 16, according to a Facebook post by her father.
Her death was announced by her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, in a Facebook post late Monday. A cause of death has not been released.
“I don’t have words or any thoughts,” Posey Gatterman wrote. “A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”
Kailia appeared on multiple episodes of TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” in 2011-12. The show, aired for seven seasons before ending in 2016. She was also known for the "grinning girl" meme.
In an Instagram post in January, Kailia announced she would be competing in the Miss Washington Teen USA pageant the following month, representing the city of Lynden, Wa.
She shared a subsequent post in February with an image of her wearing a “Miss Lynden” sash and the caption, “One word. Thankful.”
Kailia, You will be missed.
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