The Heartbreaking Death Of America's Got Talent Contestant Skilyr Hicks

23-year-old Skilyr Hicks has died. The former contestant on the popular reality show "America's Got Talent" was found unresponsive by a friend in Liberty, South Carolina (via TMZ).

Hicks was only 14 when she tried out for the season 8 auditions of "AGT" in 2013. The four judges at that time — Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern — all agreed she should move on to the next round. During her broadcasted audition, the singer/ songwriter revealed that her father had died a few years back. "After his funeral, I wrote my first song ... It's kind of like a message that came too late for my dad, but I know if he could see me now, he would be really proud of," she said (via YouTube).

The year after her exposure on "AGT," the singer's Facebook shows she was keeping busy on stage and had many performance dates lined up (via Facebook).

Skilyr Hicks hit a rough patch in 2016

One of the events she performed at was organized for people who had suffered a brain injury. "Had a great time playing for the brain injury awareness walk today! I got to meet so many wonderful people and just being able to show my support was amazing," wrote Hicks. Adding, "My prayers go out to everyone who has suffered a brain injury. You are strong and you are brave and God is watching over every one of you" (via Facebook).

Unfortunately, the young musician appeared to hit a rough patch in 2017. At 16, she was arrested for domestic violence for allegedly attacking her older sister, and grandmother. Two years later, the musician was arrested again for underage drinking. After failing to appear in court twice for her arraignment, a warrant was issued for her arrest (per Fox News).

When the singer's mother, Jodi, confirmed that her daughter had died, she shared that her Hicks had struggled with her mental health, and had previously dealt with depression and substance abuse. "She will live on through her music," stated Jodi (via TMZ).

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