EARLIER: Toddlers & Tiaras star Kailia Posey has died at the age of 16 just days after celebrating her high school prom.
Her devastated mum Marcy Posey Gatterman broke the tragic news on social media after Kailia was found dead on Monday.
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WATCH IN THE VIDEO ABOVE: Kailia dancing with a friend during school prom
“I don’t have words or any thoughts,” Marcy said in a Facebook post.
“A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever. ”
Her cause of death was unclear.
Washington State Patrol officer trooper Jacob Kennett told PEOPLE police were called at about 1.26pm on May 2 to investigate a death involving a minor at Birch Bay State Park.
Earlier reports claimed she died in a car accident – but state police have declined to comment whether or not a vehicle was involved.
Kailia was best known for being featured in one episode of Toddlers & Tiarasa TLC reality TV series that focused on the families of children who competed in beauty pageant competitions.
She became one of the most recognizable faces in the series after her cheeky grin during a 2012 segment was turned into a hugely popular meme.
In an old episode of Toddlers & Tiaras, her mum spoke fondly about her then-10-year-old daughter as she described her as a “cuddling puppy and a spicy little monkey”.
“When Kailia was younger, and she was three, she started doing pageants and she’s a pro when she hits that stage.
“She’ll say she’s nervous but once she hits that stage she’s a pro.
“I don’t know anybody that’s competition for Kailia.”
The last post she shared was a TikTok video of her dancing with a friend on the day of her school prom over the weekend.
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