Nikki McKibbin, a singer from Texas most popular for her third spot finish in the first period of American Idol, has died. She was 42.
McKibbin’s significant other, Craig Sadler, affirmed her passing in a Facebook post, saying that she had died in the wake of enduring a brain aneurysm on Wednesday and was taken off life support early Sunday. Her better half didn’t state where she died.
McKibbin’s child, Tristen Langley, revealed to The New York Times that his mom died in Arlington, Texas.
“She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us,” Sadler said. “She loved so many of you and I know you loved her too.”
McKibbin showed up on American Idol in 2002, when the show began and turned into a moment hit.
A 23-year-old from Grand Prairie, Texas, McKibbin intrigued the appointed authorities with profound exhibitions of tunes by Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and a blending front of Alanna Myles’ song “Black Velvet.”
McKibbin completed third on the show that year, behind Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson, who won the opposition.
Generous tragically, McKibbin mournfully embraced her kindred candidates when she was removed in 2002.
“What an incredible journey this has been.” McKibbin said prior to leaving the stage. “Just to know that so many people support me and enjoy what I do means more than anything in the world.″
The frequently corrosive tongued Simon Cowell was similarly thoughtful.
“Reality check: Out of 10,000 people, you are third. This is not a time for tears,″ he told McKibbin. “You’ve got a career ahead of you.″
In an announcement, American Idol sent its sympathies to McKibbin’s loved ones.
“Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing,” the TV show said in an announcement posted on Twitter. “She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed.”