Skilyr Hicks, a former contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” was found dead at a
friend’s home in South Carolina on Monday, a report said. She was 23 years old.
“She will live on through her music,” Hicks’ mother, Jodi, told TMZ, who broke the
news of the death.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Hicks died. The mother told the outlet that her
daughter suffered from substance abuse and mental health issues.
Skilyr Hicks was 14 when she appeared on the eighth season of America’s Got Talent
in 2013 for judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern.
She was moved up a round in performing an original song titled Brand New Day, and
the segments on the show detailed how she was a self-taught musician who was
grieving the loss of her father.
Hicks had made headlines in recent years amid legal issues.
She was arrested in November of 2018 in connection with underage drinking and
intoxication in Ohio linked to an incident that occurred a month
earlier, TMZ previously reported.
She also faced domestic violence charges in April of 2017 as she was accused of
assaulting three family members while intoxicated, according to the outlet.