The singer was found dead at her home in Los Angeles, California, on Friday morning, the Daily Mail reports. It was the "Ugly Heart" hit maker's father, Anthony E. Battle, who apparently found her.
The star's cause of death has yet to be revealed and is still under investigation, but law enforcement sources have told TMZ it was an apparent suicide.
Fans are shocked and saddened at the news of Battle's death, and her management has released a statement about it.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.," her management firm Reign Deer Entertainment told Us Weekly in a statement. "Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time."
Battle first started singing professionally after her breakout on The X Factor U.S. in 2011.
She made it to the top 17 and was mentored by judge Simon Cowell. She then went on to join the girl group G.R.L. with fellow members Emmalyn Estrada, Lauren Bennett, Paula Van Oppen and Natasha Slayton.
The members of G.R.L. expressed their deep sadness about Battle's death with a touching tribute on their Twitter account.
Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart.— G.R.L. (@grl) September 6, 2014
We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.— G.R.L. (@grl) September 6, 2014
Cowell also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late singer.
I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It's such a loss. Rest in peace Simone.— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) September 6, 2014
Our thoughts are with Battle's family and friends during this sad time.
If you suspect someone might be considering suicide, or you have struggled with those thoughts yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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