Nikki McKibbin, ‘American Idol’ Season 1 Contestant, Dies At 42

Nikki McKibbin, an “American Idol” contestant who concluded third on the reality competitiveness series’ debut time, has died at age 42.

The singer-songwriter’s partner, Craig Sadler, declared the information in an emotional Facebook post on Saturday, referring to McKibbin by her married identify. He stated she suffered a brain aneurysm before in the week and was on life help until eventually early Sunday morning.

“Many of you already know something is erroneous. The really like of my everyday living Nikki Sadler experienced an aneurysm on Wednesday,” he wrote. “She was so liked that I know countless numbers of you will be grieving with us.” 

Nikki McKibbin during "American Idol" Season 1 finale.

Nikki McKibbin for the duration of “American Idol” Period 1 finale.

McKibbin appeared on “American Idol” in 2002 and put powering Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson, who went on to acquire the level of competition.

She’s probably ideal remembered on the present for her renditions of songs by feminine rock singers these types of as Alanis Morissette, Janis Joplin and Melissa Etheridge. Her performance of Alannah Myles’ tune “Black Velvet” in the Season 1 finale ranked as her most beloved by enthusiasts. 

Nikki McKibbin (from left), Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson on "American Idol" in 2002.

Nikki McKibbin (from left), Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson on “American Idol” in 2002.

Guarini posted a heartfelt tribute on Instagram Saturday and explained McKibbin as a “fiery, amusing girl who could sing the hell out of a rock music.” 

“Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol jointly I could explain to that she’d experienced a hard everyday living, and that not that a lot of people today had been kind to her alongside the way,” Guarini wrote. “But I’ll hardly ever forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, despatched her flowers with a card that reported, ‘You are the Gypsy that I was. …’ Nikki was on cloud nine and the pleasure and enjoyment that radiated from her was infectious.”

He additional: “Rest properly, ‘Gypsy’ … and thank you for the laughter, cruel teasing, strength, vulnerability, enjoy and friendship you showed me in the course of our time together in the spotlight.”

“American Idol” also eulogized McKibbin on Twitter Sunday.

“Nikki McKibbin was an outstanding expertise, and we are deeply saddened by the information of her passing,” the assertion go through. “She was portion of our American Idol loved ones and will be really missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to her relatives and close friends all through this difficult time.”

Prior to “American Idol,” the indigenous of Grand Prairie, Texas, appeared on the very first season of The WB’s sequence “Popstars” in 2001, competing to sign up for the girl group Eden’s Crush.

Her vocation stalled right after “Idol” when she clashed with Sony Music’s RCA history label about the path of her debut album, which wasn’t introduced until eventually 2007. 

The adhering to calendar year, she appeared on “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” trying to find cure for cocaine and alcoholic beverages addiction, Wide variety reported. She was also a solid member on the spinoff series, “Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober Dwelling,” and later on manufactured guest appearances on exhibits like “Fear Factor” and “Battle of the Network Truth Stars.”

McKibbin returned to “Idol” in 2014 to aid her then-15-calendar year-old son, Tristen Langley, during the Season 13 audition spherical. 

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