America's Got Talent star Skilyr Hicks was found dead, and her fans can not be more saddened. The young lady was a proficient singer, songwriter, and guitar player. She had taken part in the competition in 2013 when the show was running in its eighth season.
The talented star was sadly found dead on December 6 in her friend's home in Liberty. Her mother shared the news with outlets telling that the singer died at night and authorities are running investigations on the case.
Chief Deputy Chad Brooks of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office shared on December 8 that Skilyr was found and pronounced dead right on spot. She was on the bathroom floor in her friend's house and was found amongst drugs and paraphernalia. While there is no official statement regarding the cause of the death as of now, the popular theory certainly points towards drug overdose.
The star, aged 23, leaves behind a sister, Breelyn Hicks, aged 25, who is deeply affected by the untimely death. Hicks wrote on her Facebook account, "My super beautiful, extremely talented, hilarious, free spirit of a sister left this world to be with Jesus. I can't possibly put into words how broken-hearted I am. I will miss her like crazy. I'll miss her voice, her long warm hugs, her constantly making jokes using puns. Her ability to create music that inspired thousands of people."
Adding more to her heartfelt eulogy, the sister wrote, "She had so much life left to live. Skilyr, I don't know how I'll be able to live without you. You were a light that shone brighter than ever. You were my best friend, you were my rock. We always had each other's back no matter what."
The heart-wrenching words ended with, "Just know that I love you unconditionally, That you will live on in our hearts, minds, memories, and through your God-Given Musical Ability. Your Songs are your legacy. Fly High, Little Bird. I love you soo much. Love Always, Your Bree."
The young star barely had any trouble with her friends and family and was equally loved by everyone. However, she was continuing her mental health battle and depression, which eventually led her on the path of substance abuse. The star's condition had worsened when her boyfriend, Fabian, had died in a car accident.
Skilyr's mother Jodi had shared a plea to find her daughter some days after the accident stating that she was not doing okay. The Facebook announcement read, "My daughter lost the love of her life in a car accident on Sunday. She is in a deteriorated mental state somewhere, and we fear for her life."
The scared mother had added, "She left the house without warning on Wednesday, and I've been looking for her ever since. We also received a text stating that her life is in danger... Please bring her home so she can grieve surrounded by her family and all the people that love and care about her."
Fortunately, Skilyr was found safe, and her mother rejoiced, "Skilyr is home!! Thank you all for all your prayers! Thank you, Jesus! Please continue to keep her in your prayers. She has a long road ahead. Please keep Fabian's family in your thoughts and prayers because they are suffering as well."
Losing a loved one at a young age is a pretty hard pill to swallow for many people, especially when they are irrevocably in love. Though Skilyr battled with many unknown demons, it is important to note that a little help and love can go a long way. Substance abuse in young people runs all-time high when they are confronted by the worst of their nightmares.
Additionally, young stars are more likely to take on drugs as they battle sudden popularity and rise to fame. "It really is a recipe for disaster. But you know what's exciting? I got my s--- over with at, like, 14. Like, midlife crisis, institutionalized, blacklisted, no family, like, got it done, and then got into the cycle of being my own parent, figuring it out," Drew Barrymore had shared about her addiction.
"It's sad that there's this weird alchemy about kids doing this line of work that f---- all of them up, and I'm no different."
Young stardom and depression go hand in hand if fame is not nurtured carefully in the earliest stages. It is also important to remember that help is usually only a message or a phone call away. If you see anyone struggling as life hucks them into unknown territory, do check on the people to make sure that they are coping fine.