Nikki McKibbin was an American rock music singer-songwriter who finished third in the debut season of the reality television series American Idol.
McKibbin, a contestant on the first season of American Idol, died in the hospital on November 1, at 3 a.m.
She was born on September 28, 1978, in Grand Prairie, Texas. Her birth name was Katherine Nicole. She was 42 years old.
Nikki McKibbin Death Cause
American Idol’s McKibbin died at the age of 42 following complications from a ‘brain aneurysm.’
The season one contestant was reportedly in the hospital and on life support before the decision was made to harvest her organs, according to TMZ.
Sources told the publication that McKibbin was pronounced dead at 3 a.m.
McKibbin appeared on the first season of American Idol in 2002, finishing third behind Guarini and eventual winner Kelly Clarkson. Her most memorable performance was when she covered “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles, but also sang Janis Joplin and Alanis Morissette, among other covers.
She began her singing career on Popstars in 2001 before appearing on the first groundbreaking season of American Idol in 2002, Variety reported. She made an impression on judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson, and even received flowers from Stevie Nicks as Guarini recalled in his Instagram post.
After appearing on Idol and coming in third, McKibbin signed with Sony Music’s RCA, Variety reported but in conflict with the label because she didn’t want to record a country album. Her debut album, “Unleashed,” came out in 2007.
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After struggling with cocaine and alcohol addiction, she appeared in 2008 on the reality rehab show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. In the first episode, she spoke about the abuse she experienced as a child, growing up with an alcoholic and drug-addicted father and suffering sexual and physical abuse from a family member.
Her lowest point, she told MTV in 2008, when her mother had died of an overdose the previous year. She said she’d been doing cocaine and drinking with her mother, who died that night after overdosing on prescription drugs. “The worst time for me was when my mom died,” she said. “I didn’t have any control over myself at all, and I drank for nine months nonstop.”
McKibbin later appeared on Sober House and marked her third year sober on Celebrity Rehab‘s fifth season when she appeared for a special performance.
Husband and Children
McKibbin married Craig Sadler and has a son, Tristan Langley, who also auditioned for American Idol in 2014 when he was just 15, TMZ reported.