Kailia Posey, one of the stars of the US reality series Toddlers & TiarasShe died at the age of 16.
The news was announced on Facebook by Posey’s mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, who also appeared on the series.
Toddlers & Tiaras was broadcast on US television network TLC and followed young children and their guardians as they entered children’s beauty pageants.
“I have no words or thoughts. A beautiful little girl is gone,” Gatterman wrote alongside a picture of her daughter.
“Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”
No cause of death was announced.
Posey began competing in Beauty Paegants at the age of three and is best known for her role in Toddlers & Tiaras.
Posey, who turned 16 last week, is best known for a viral GIF taken from one of her performances, in which she grins mischievously at the camera.
Tributes and condolences were received on Facebook and on Posey’s Instagram page.
Among them were America’s Got Talent Wizard Kadan Bart Rockett, who wrote: “I can’t even believe this happened. I pray for you to get through this. She was always so nice to all of us. Rest in peace.”
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