AMERICA’S Got Talent contestant Skilyr Hicks has died at the age of 23.
The TV personality was found dead following her “past battle with substance abuse and mental health.”
Skilyr Hicks is dead at 23Credit: Getty
She was found dead following her ‘past battle with substance abuse and mental health’Credit: Instagram
TMZ broke the sad new on Tuesday.
According to the outlet, the young singer-songwriter passed away Monday.
Skilyr’s mother Jodi told the outlet she was “found lifeless in the home of a friend.”
The mother said she doesn’t know the actual homeowner of the Liberty, South Carolina residence where the incident occurred.
The exact circumstances and cause of Skilyr’s death are still unknown to the family, though Jodi told the outlet “her daughter battled with mental health issues, including depression and substance abuse.”
Jodi added that Skilyr was loved by her family and four siblings, while the young talent used her music to help people in need.
The mother said: “She will live on through her music.”
Skilyr appeared on AGT back in 2013 during season 8 when she was just 14-years-old.
The young musician auditioned for judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern.
She impressed the panel of judges with her performance of an original song and moved on to the next round.
In addition to showcasing her vocals and guitar playing skills, Skilyr also caught the attention of fans by sharing an emotional backstory.
She explained that she had lost her father a few years before the audition, revealing in a confessional: “He made some bad decisions and I hadn’t seen him in a few years.
“The last time I saw him I remember driving away and he was crying.”
Skilyr continued: “After his funeral, I wrote my first song.
“It’s kind of like a message that came too late for my dad, but I know if he could see me now he would be really proud of me.”
Her talents became even more impressive when she revealed she taught herself how to play the guitar, write and sing.
Despite scoring yeses from all four judges, Skilyr was eliminated before the live rounds in New York City.
Following her time as a contestant on AGT, the young artist faced some legal trouble.
According to TMZ, she was arrested for underage drinking in 2018.
Skilyr also spent some time in jail after allegedly fighting her family members.
Skilyr competed on season 8 of AGTCredit: AGT
She shared an emotional story about her late father during her auditionCredit: AGT
Her mother said she battled substance abuse and mental health issuesCredit: Facebook
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