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Who was Kailia Posey?

TODDLERS and Tiaras star Kailia Posey has died aged just 16.

Her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, announced her daughter’s death in a Facebook post on May 2, 2022.

Kailia Posey's death was announced on May 2, 2022

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Kailia Posey’s death was announced on May 2, 2022

Who was Kailia Posey?

Kailia Posey starred in Babies and Tiaras in 2012 when she was just 10 years old and her mother was training her as part of her contortionist talent.

In a clip from the show posted to YouTube, Gatterman said, “When Kailia was younger, when she was 3 years old, she started doing pageants.

“She’s a pro when she gets to that stage, she’ll say she’s nervous, but once she gets to that stage, she’s a pro. She will hit you every time.”

She continued, “Kailia has very good talent. I mean just amazing. I don’t know anyone who competes with Kailia.”

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Posey continued to compete in pageants as she got older and announced in February 2022 that she would be competing again.

“I’m going to be competing at Miss Washington Teen USA in February and I’m so excited!” she wrote.

Posey attended Lynden High School and had made the Dean’s List for the 2020-2021 school year, according to the Miss Washington Pageant website.

She aspired to study aviation when she went to college and her goal was to become an airline pilot.

“Kailia hopes to show members of her generation that if they are patient and work hard, they can make a difference in the world,” the bio reads.

What happened to Kailia Posey?

Posey’s mother announced her daughter’s death in a Facebook post on May 2, writing, “I have no words or thoughts. A beautiful little girl is gone.

She asked for privacy for the family to mourn Posey’s death, adding, “My baby forever.”

Posey’s death comes almost two weeks after she celebrated her 16th birthday and her stepfather Steven Gatterman wrote a message on Facebook on April 19.

He wrote: “Happy Sweet 16 Kailia! You are beautiful inside and out. Your light shines bright wherever you go. I wish you the best day!”

Posey’s cause of death has not yet been released, but TMZ reported that she may have been involved in an accident in Washington.

Kailia Posey's last Instagram post was on April 23, 2022

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Kailia Posey’s last Instagram post was on April 23, 2022Credit: Instagram/Kailia Posey

How did people react to her death?

Messages of condolences have begun from family, friends and fans who have responded to Posey’s passing.

Posey posted her latest photo to Instagram on April 23, showing her posing on a staircase, with the caption, “None of your business.”

The post has now garnered more than 1.7k likes and fans have commented, expressing their shock and sadness at her death.

“I can’t even believe this happened. I pray for you to get through this. She was always so nice to all of us. Rest in peace,” said one person.

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Others said they looked up to her and aspired to live up to her accomplishments.

“Forever my pageant inspiration,” one person said, while another wrote, “Thank you for being someone who looks up to Kailia. Rest in peace.”

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