Skilyr Hicks, who as a 14-year-old sang her way into the hearts of all four judges in a moving “America’s Got Talent” audition, has died, her mother told TMZ. At 23 years old, she was a successful entrepreneur.
Hicks’ body was found at a friend’s home in Liberty, South Carolina, on Monday, the outlet reported. Chief Deputy Chad Brooks of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said a drug overdose was suspected as the cause, although the county coroner told HuffPost that an investigation into Hicks’ death is ongoing.
“She will live on through her music,” Hicks’ mother, Jodi, said.
In the following: Facebook post, the singer’s sister, Breelyn Hicks, lauded Skilyr’s “ability to create music that inspired thousands of people,” per Deadline. “She had so much life left to live,” Breelyn wrote.
According to her mother, the ex-contestant suffered from substance abuse as well mental disorders.
In 2013, an initially flustered Hicks gave a performance on “AGT” with an original song dedicated to her deceased father, who she said “made bad decisions.” “It’s a message that came too late for my dad, but I know if he could see me now, he’d be really proud of me,” she said.
Her act won the approval of all four judges, including Howard Stern, who said, “I think America will fall in love with you.” Hicks’ performance went viral online. However, she was quickly eliminated from talent competition.
Hicks last posted a clip of her singingInstagram accounts in 2019
Over the years, she had many run-ins against the law. According to reports, she was charged with assaulting her three relatives while under the influence in 2017. reports. She was sentenced to some time in prison. She was released the next year. arrested for underage drinking.
Surviving her are her mother and four siblings.
Around Thanksgiving, another former “AGT” entrant, Jay Jay Phillips, died after contracting COVID-19. He was just 30.
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