‘American Idol’ contestant Nikki McKibbin dies at 42
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Nikki McKibbin, a singer from Texas best known for her third place finish in the first season of American Idol, has died. She was 42.
McKibbin’s husband, Craig Sadler, confirmed her death in a Facebook post, saying that she had died after suffering a brain aneurysm on Wednesday and was taken off life support early Sunday. Her husband did not say where she died.
McKibbin’s son, Tristen Langley, told The New York Times that his mother died in Arlington, Texas, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
“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 appeared on American Idol in 2002, when the show started and became an instant hit.
In a statement, American Idol sent its condolences to McKibbin’s family and friends.
“Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing,” the TV show said in a statement posted on Twitter. “She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed.”