Kailia Posey, who had appeared on the US reality series “Toddlers and Tiaras,” has committed suicide in Washington, her family said in a statement. Ms Posey, 16, was one of the most recognizable faces on the internet and had become a viral GIF known as ‘Smiling Girl’.
“Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in a rash moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life,” the family said in a statement.
Calling her a high achiever, the family added: “She won countless crowns and trophies after competing on the pageant circuit all her life. Her highly acclaimed talent as a contortionist had already led to job offers on professional tours, and she had recently been selected to be a cheerleader at her high school next fall.”
The heartbreaking news of the teenager’s death was initially shared by Kailia Posey’s mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, in a Facebook post on Monday night. “I have no words or thoughts. A beautiful girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My forever baby,” she wrote.
Multiple publications reported that Ms. Posey’s body was found in Birch Bay State Park in Washington state, just a few miles from the Canadian border, on Wednesday.
The family has created an endowment fund in his name to help others who are at risk of suicide.
Kailia Posey was a star on ‘Toddlers and Tiaras,’ which aired on TLC from 2009 to 2013. The show featured families preparing their children to enter beauty pageants.