We are so sad to report that GRL band member Simone Battle has passed away at age 25.
The RCA Records recording artist was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but law enforcement sources tell TMZ she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide.
“Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone’s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart,” G.R.L. tweeted on Sept. 6. “We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.”
G.R.L.’s management company Reign Deer Entertainment, Antin, Kemosabe Records and RCA released the following statement following Battle’s death.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L. Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”
Battle’s last tweet was on Sept. 2 that she was heading out to see artist Evan Mellows perform at the Bootleg in Los Angeles.
We’ve had the opportunity to sit down with GRL multiple times throughout the year. Below is one of our first interviews with Simone, Paula, Lauren, Natasha, and Emmalyn.
We will miss you, Simone. Rest in peace.
Photo: Courtesy Liquid Sky Photography/ RCA Records