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'X Factor' finalist and G.R.L. member Simone Battle dies at 25

'X Factor' contestant and member of G.R.L. Simone Battle dead of apparent suicide.

This post has been updated. See correction below.

Simone Battle, member of the pop group G.R.L. and former "X Factor" finalist, was found dead on Friday in her West Hollywood home, her record label confirmed. She was 25.

Battle's body was discovered in the bedroom of her apartment following an apparent suicide, according to reports.

Battle competed on Fox's since-canceled singing competition “The X Factor” in 2011.

Although she didn't make it far on the competition, she built a following with her music videos that she issued after being eliminated. Last year she was tapped by Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin to join G.R.L., a new girl group she was launching that was reminiscent of the Nicole Sherzinger-led group.

G.R.L. collaborated with Pitbull on the single "Wild Wild Love," which they performed at the iHeartRadio Music Awards earlier this year. In July the group released its self-titled, five-song EP.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.," a joint statement from Reign Deer Entertainment, Kemosabe Records, RCA Records and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin reads. "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."

The rest of the group took to its official Twitter account to release a statement.

"Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart," the members wrote on Saturday. "We will carry her memory with us in everything we do."

For the record: an earlier version of this story said Battle was found by her father. It was the singer's boyfriend. 

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