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Simone Battle's death ruled a suicide by hanging

The death of pop star Simone Battle has been ruled a suicide by hanging.

The 25-year-old G.R.L. bandmember and former The X Factor contestant was found dead at her home in West Hollywood, California on Friday (05Sep14).


Lieutenant Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department confirmed the cause of death on Sunday (07Sep14), and stated that no further details will be released.


Battle, a Los Angeles native, grew up doing part-time modeling and acting in small roles in television and movies.


She toured with the Black Eyed Peas after graduating high school and attended the University of Southern California before auditioning for Simon Cowell's first season of the TV talent show.


She joined Pussycat Dolls' creator Robin Antin's girl group in 2012, and Antin shared her sorrow of Battle's death by posting a photo collage of Battle on her Instagram.com page on Saturday (06Sep14).


Antin added the caption, "I'm so beyond devastated by the loss of our beautiful Simone ... Simone I will miss your smile, Your adorable laugh, Your loving spirit that you brought to all of us, The joy that you felt when you were singing, dancing, performing, laughing, and goofing around with your GRLs, and most of all the beautiful friendship and bond that tied us all together, that will forever be in my heart...


"How lucky we are to have had You in our lives Simone, you inspired us all, and touched fans all around the world with your sweet sweet voice and talent.... We will NEVER forget... I Love you sweet Simone Rest in Peace..."


G.R.L. was scheduled to play a gig at the Marquee nightclub in Las Vegas on Monday (08Sep14), but the concert has been canceled.