Singer Simone Battle Found Dead

Girl group singer Simone Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, authorities said today.

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Battle, 25, was found dead at home Friday morning, according to Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department Lt David Smith. An autopsy will be performed Sunday.

Battle gained notoriety through performances on the television show “X Factor.” Her five-member band — GRL, originally a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls — had been signed by mega-hit maker Dr Luke.

In a written statement, GRL’s record companies RCA and Kemosabe called Battle “an exceptional young talent and human being.”

Law enforcement sources said Simone was found hanging on a rod in the closet of her bedroom around 8:30 AM on Friday, they suspect suicide.

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