Kailia Posey, who as a child starred on the reality show Toddlers and Tiaras, has died at age 16 following a reported ‘incident in Las Vegas’.
‘I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone,’ Posey’s mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, posted to Facebook late Monday night, confirming her daughter’s death.
‘Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever,’ the grieving mother added, sharing a photo of Posey in her prom dress. Social media suggests she attended the high school dance over the weekend.
Details surrounding Posey’s death have not been disclosed, however Page Six reported she was possibly killed in a car accident in Las Vegas, where her mother seemingly lives.
The Clark County Coroner did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Kailia Posey, who as a child starred on the reality show Toddlers and Tiaras, has died at age 16 in a reported car accident
Her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, confirmed her daughter’s death on Facebook late Monday night
Posey starred on Toddlers and Tiaras, a TLC series following the families of children who competed in beauty pageants. The show ran from 2009 to 2013
Posey starred on Toddlers and Tiaras, a TLC series following the families of children who competed in beauty pageants. The show ran from 2009 to 2013.
She became a popular meme after she was caught grinning from ear-to-ear during a segment on the reality show.
She kept up with the pageant circuit throughout childhood and adolescence, having most recently competed for the Miss Washington Teen USA title in February.
Although she was not crowned winner of February’s competition, Posey earned the title of Miss Lynden Teen USA last year.
Posey recently attended prom with her friends. Social media posts indicate the dance may have taken place over the weekend. Posey is pictured in her prom dress
Posey shared this photo to her Instagram feed on April 23. It was the last picture she posted to the platform before her tragic passing
Posey became a popular meme after she was caught grinning from ear-to-ear during a segment on the reality show Toddlers and Tiaras in 2012
She performed contortion with Cirque du Soleil and was seemingly passionate about the art form, having launched a specific Instagram account dedicated to it.
She also played the role of Agnes in the 2018 Netflix film Eli, according to her Miss Washington Teen biography.
Posey attended Lynden High School in Washington and was named to the Dean’s List as a freshmen during the 2020-21 school year.
Her mother announced last week that Posey had earned a spot on the high school’s football cheerleading team for the upcoming season.
After high school, the teen planned to study aviation in college and become a commercial pilot.
Posey is pictured at the Ultimate Dream Queen Nationals competition in April 2021
Kailia Posey is pictured with her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, in an undated photo
Gatterman is pictured with Posey, then 10, during contortionist training. The mother began training Posey as a contortionist from the time she was three months old
Last month, Posey posted a photo of herself doing a backflip off a cliff in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
‘Peace, love, respect- Jamaica,’ the teen captioned the pic of the dangerous stunt and included #daredevil in the post.
While many of her followers applauded the teen for her risky stunr, her pageant coach Cambrie Littlefield issued a warning to the teen.
‘This photo stresses me out, be careful lol,’ Littlefield wrote.
Posey replied with a devil emoji.
Littlefield’s most recent Instagram post, published April 8, also featured a picture of her holding a young Posey. She is wearing a shirt that reads ‘Kailia’s coach’.
‘Happy Pageant Day from me and my not so little anymore princesses!!’ the coach captioned the pic.
Littlefield has not yet made a public statement about Posey’s death, but did update her Facebook profile picture on Tuesday in tribute to the teen.
Posey’s loved ones and fans have taken to social media to share their heartbreak and condolences in wake of the teen’s passing.
‘Can’t even believe this has happened. I’m praying for you guys to get through this. She always was so kind to all of us. Rest In Peace,’ Dark Skies actor Kadan Rockett wrote on her most recent Instagram post.
‘Thank you for being someone to look up to Kailia,’ commented Mariah Derby-Wine, a fellow pageant competitor. ‘Rest in peace.’
‘Sending prayers to your family,’ said Kennedi Johnston, who performed on NBC’s World of Dance.
‘There are really no words at this time that can make this easier. Our sweet pageant baby gone too soon. 16 years just wasn’t enough,’ pageant make-up artist Natasha Shunta Winn wrote in a Facebook tribute post.
‘To know Kailia Deliz Posey was to love her. Soo beautiful and sweet. Our pageant circle has been broken. You will be greatly missed.’
Posey’s loved ones and fans have taken to social media to share their heartbreak and condolences in wake of the teen’s passing
‘I don’t have the words right now.. I will always remember our talks about Christ and the way you loved so deeply. My favorite memory of you was right before we went on the stage for the production number at Dixieland this past year. I was looking for you and you said, “Hold on! I’m reading my devotional. God comes first,”’ Brooke Wilson shared online.
‘I told your momma just recently that you were one of the most beautiful kids on the inside and out. I meant it then and I mean it now. Your last message to me was telling me that you loved me. I’ll keep it forever. You will be greatly missed.’
‘My heart is shattered and I’m still trying to process this news but we will always remember you and miss you. You inspired me in so many ways,’ echoed Lisa White. ‘Rest In Peace Kailia Posey.’
‘Our hearts are completely broken,’ penned Kelly Costner Patterson. ‘Kailia Deliz Posey was such a bright light in everyones life! We are so glad we had the opportunity to know her and love her.
‘You will forever be missed. Sending prayers and love to you Marcy Posey Gatterman and Cambrie!’