Skilyr Hicks, who at age 14 impressed the judges of America’s Got Talent with her performance of an original song and poignant story of losing her father, died Monday in Liberty, South Carolina. She was 23.
Her death was confirmed by her younger sister Breelyn Hicks in a Facebook post this morning. Earlier, TMZ reported that the sisters’ mother, Jodi Hicks, told the news outlet that Skiler was found lifeless at the home of a friend.
‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Skilyr Hicks Dead at 23
Rest In Peace. Skilyr Hicks, who competed on season 8 of America’s Got Talent, died on Monday, December 6, at age 23.
The singer was found dead in a friend’s home in Liberty, South Carolina, Hicks’ mom, Jodi, told TMZ on Tuesday, December 7. Although her cause of death is unknown, Jodi went on to tell the outlet that her child struggled with mental health issues and substance abuse.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Hicks died. The mother told the outlet that her daughter suffered from substance abuse and mental health issues.
The songwriter opened up about the inspiration behind the song at the time, saying, “A few years ago, my dad passed away and that was a really difficult time for me. Music helped me let out all of the emotion that was building up inside of me. Music has brought me through a lot of difficulties in life and now it’s bringing me toward my dream.”
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