In a tragic incident the grinning girl meme fame and Toddlers & Tiaras star Kailia Posey died recently by suicide at 16. For the unversed, Kailia Posey appeared in reality show Toddlers & Tiaras where her face with a goofy and adorable grin became a widely-shared meme. The news of the untimely demise of Kailia Posey was confirmed by her mother who took to Facebook and wrote a heartfelt tribute for her daughter.

“I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever,” the tribute read. While a cause of suicide has not yet been confirmed, TMZ reported that the 16-year-old star’s body was found at the Birch Bay State Park in Washington. TMZ also reported that Kailia died by suicide.

Kailia Posey was part of reality show Toddlers & Tiaras that gave viewers a sneak-peek into the glamorous and challenging world of children pageants. In one of its episodes, the then 5-year-old child made a goofy grinning face which instantly became popular as a meme.

While she did win numerous beauty pageant trophies and titles, she was also a bright student and was in the Dean’s List of her school for achieving excellent grades.

The Facts of the Matter

On Wednesday, meme communities across the world were shocked to receive the news of Kailia Posey’s demise, the face behind the ‘grinning girl’ meme. According to reports, the 16-year-old teen passed away due to suicide.

Who was Kailia Posey?

Kailia Posey was first seen in US reality show called Toddlers & Tiaras when she was barely 5 years old. The show aired on TLC and followed the lives of young children and their parents as they navigate into the complicated and challenging world of child beauty pageants.

Kailia’s mother confirmed the news of her daughter’s demise in a Facebook statement which read, “I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever”.

“She made the rash decision”: Family Confirms Suicide Rumours

It should be noted that the news was first broken by TMZ earlier on Monday. Following reports with misinformation shared by multiple publications, the family released a statement to TMZ. Confirming that Kailia indeed passed away due to suicide, the family’s statement read, “Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in one impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life.”

Kalia Was an Achiever Outside and Inside Beauty Pageant World

The heartbreaking statement also went into details about Kailia’s accomplished life inside and outside the world of beauty pageant. Her family claimed that she was a highly acclaimed contortionist who had been getting touring job offers. The family also claimed that she had been selected to be the cheerleader at the high school.

Celebrated her 16th Birthday Last Week

It should be noted that Kailia celebrated her 16th birthday earlier last week. She was known for her love for aviation and had planned to work towards her vision of becoming a commercial pilot with a license. Moreover, she was also a bright student who was part of the Dean’s List at the Lynden High Schoo for attaining excellent grades.

Following her untimely demise, a Kailia Posey Teen Crisis Intervention Fund has been set up by her family to get “much needed resources to students in crisis”.


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