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Kailia Posey, Grinning Girl In Popular GIF, Found Dead

In one of the episodes in 2012, Kailia, then 5, made a grinning face that went viral as a meme, making her globally recognisable.

Posey rose to prominence after starring on TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” at the age of five. (Photo Credit: Instagram)

KAILIA Posey, a well-known internet personality, died at the age of 16 in Washington. Marcy Posey Gatterman, her mother, announced the news on Facebook. “I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever,” her mother wrote in the Facebook post.

Posey rose to prominence after starring on TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” at the age of five. A GIF of her smiling face became an international sensation as well. In one of the episodes in 2012, Kailia, then 5, made a grinning face that went viral as a meme, making her globally recognisable.

She most recently competed in the Miss Teen Washington pageant. According to the pageant’s website, she aspired to study aviation and become a commercial pilot.

(Photo Credit: Instagram)

Her last post on Instagram, which was shared a week ago, is now flooded with her friends and fans mourning her loss.

(Photo Credit: Instagram)

Kailia Posey died by suicide, according to a TMZ story. “Although she was an outstanding youngster with a bright future ahead of her, regrettably, she made a rash decision to end her earthly existence at one impetuous moment,” her relatives told the publication.

(Photo Credit: Instagram)

“She won countless crowns and trophies after competing on the pageant circuit her entire life. Her highly acclaimed talent as a contortionist had already led to professional touring job offers, and she had recently been selected to be a cheerleader at her high school next fall,” her family added.

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