‘American Idol’ Season 1 contestant Nikki McKibbin dies at 42

Nikki McKibbin, the second runner-up from American Idol’s first season, has kicked the bucket, as per a Facebook post by her better half, Craig Sadler. The vocalist was 42.

“The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday,” wrote Sadler. “She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us.” (Read his full post here.)

McKibbin set third on her Idol season, behind champ Kelly Clarkson and second place Justin Guarini. She broadly sang Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time” for her tryout, which quickly progressed her to the following round of the opposition.

Guarini lauded McKibbin on Instagram, stating: “@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit… Rest well, ‘Gypsy’…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight. #rip #americanidol”

Symbol additionally delivered the accompanying proclamation through Twitter: “Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Before her time went through with Idol makes a decision about Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, McKibbin showed up on the primary period of another singing rivalry, Popstars, which broadcasted on the WB in 2001. There, she contended with any desires for joining the young lady bunch Eden’s Crush, at the end of the day was not picked as a component of the gathering’s last setup.

McKibbin delivered her introduction collection, Unleashed, on May 22, 2007 and visited during the time with Texas metal band Rivethead. In 2012, she delivered the EP Psychotrip with the band Love Stricken Demise.

The artist got back to TV in 2008 as a feature of the second period of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Individual cast individuals included Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, entertainers Jeff Conaway and Gary Busey and social liberties figure Rodney King. At the point when the season wrapped, she showed up on its side project arrangement, Sober House.

McKibbin quickly re-showed up on Season 13 of Idol, when she went with her child Tristan to his tryout; he endured to the Hollywood round, however was sliced before the live shows.