Kailia Posey, star of Toddlers & Tiaras, has sadly passed away, according to TMZ.
Marcy Poseu Gatterman, Kailia’s mother, is said to have posted the awful information on her Facebook page.
“I don’t have words or any thoughts,” a caption beneath a photo of Kailia says. A lovely little girl has passed away. Please respect our privacy while we mourn Kailia’s passing. “You’ll always be my baby.”
Kailia rose to stardom because to a TLC show that followed families as they prepared their children for beauty pageants. An internet meme of her, called the “grinning girl,” boosted her popularity even more.
Have a look at the Grinning Girl meme
The well-known Grinning Girl will be familiar to anyone who enjoys memes and GIFs.
Kailia rose to prominence as a result of her role on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras. The younger celebrity is shown grinning heartily during one of several interviews, which helped to spread the viral meme.
Soon after, her photo was widely disseminated on the internet, and it continues to be associated with her to this day.
She made an appearance on the show with her mother, Marcy.
Who was Kailia Posey?
When Kailia first appeared on Toddler & Tiaras in 2012, she was 5 years old.
“Perfectionist Danielle, 10 and opponents Kayla, 4 and Kailia, 5 lay it all on the line at the California Tropic Arizona pageant,” according to an IMDb summary of the episode.
Kailia’s mother says in an episode that she began competing in pageants when she was just three years old.
Her Instagram feed features a number of photos of herself from recent beauty pageants.
Kailia announced in one of her January blogs that she would be competing in Miss Washington Teen USA the following month.
She was also a member of her high school soccer cheerleading squad. On May 1, Marcy released footage of Kailia from Prom 2022 on her Facebook page.
According to her Miss Washington USA profile, she wants to “study aviation in college and become a commercial pilot.”
Her cause of death has yet to be determined.
At this terrible time, HITC extends its sympathies to Kailia Posey’s family and friends.
Tributes pour in for the teen star
Kailia’s tragic demise at such a young age has shocked her fans. They have expressed their condolences and prayers to her family on social media.
“Oh my gosh,” one person said under Marcy’s post. It’s impossible for me to believe. Marcy, I’m praying for you. “My heart aches for you.”
“I had no idea where this gif came from, but I’d already used it.” 16 is far too young. One person tweeted, “RIP Kailia Posey.”
“Oh god, the girl in this gif has died!” one user wrote. She was only 16 years old at the time. Kailia Posey was her name. “Rest in peace, cheeky wee pumpkin.”
“Today is bad enough, but I’m even more grieved by the news that we’ve lost Kailia Posey” (the woman on this gif). She had just turned 16 two weeks before. I’m thinking about her destitute family. Another heartbroken fan said, “I’m just so unhappy.”