American Idol’s Nikki McKibbin dead at 42 from 'brain aneurysm'
AMERICAN Idol star Nikki McKibbin has died at age 42 from a brain aneurysm, as her co-star Justin Guarini remembers the singer as a “fiery, funny lady.”
Nikki died of a brain aneurysm and was on life support, TMZ reported.
At 3am, she was taken to an operating room and was pronounced dead.
Her organs were harvested, according to the outlet.
Justin confirmed Nikki's death on his Instagram page on Saturday.
He captioned a black-and-white photo of the songstress: "@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit.
“Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way…
“But I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said “You are the Gypsy that I was…”. Nikki was on cloud nine and the joy and excitement that radiated from her was infectious. After the kind of emotional beating she took at the hands of the masses, she deserved to feel good about herself, even for a little while.”
He ended the emotional post: “Rest well, “Gypsy”…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight. #rip #americanidol."
Nikki was born in Texas and appeared on Season 1 of American Idol.
She stood out for her Alannah Myles, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge covers.
She finished third place behind Justin and winner Kelly Clarkson.
Nikki has struggled with substance abuse issues.
She appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House, where she worked on her addiction to alcohol and cocaine.
In 2014, her then-15-year-old son Tristan auditioned for American Idol.
He was cut during the Hollywood rounds.
She has been married to Craig Sadler since 2007.
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