Who was Kailia Posey? How old was she at the time of her death?
Posey is best known for her appearance as a five-year-old on the TLC show “Toddlers and Tiaras” in the 2012 episode “California Tropic Arizona.” The TLC series featured child pageant candidates and their families from 2009 to 2013, and it spawned spin-offs including “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Posey became one of the most memorable faces from the series in the years afterward, thanks to a GIF showing her beaming widely and gazing to the side. The image is from Kailia’s self-introduction at the beginning of the episode.
Kailia was born on April 19, 2006, in New York, New York. She was 16 years old when she died on May 3, 2022. Kailia celebrated her milestone birthday on April 20 with an Instagram post.
She included images of herself and her family in a gallery post, along with birthday-themed emojis and hashtags like #birthdaygirl #bestfriend #fundays #dinner #washington and #feelinggood.
Who are Kailia Posey’s parents and family?
Posey was born to Franco Deliz and Marcy Gatterman . In 2014, her parents split. Her mother was then married to her ex-husband, Greg Posey. Greg is employed by Allegiant Airlines and resides in Bellingham, Washington. Steve Gatterman is Marcy’s current husband and Kailia’s stepfather. Steve and Marcy married on February 20, 2021. Kailia Posey has a brother, Jayden, and two half-brothers, Dane and Davis. Mia Gatterman was her half-sister.
Posey’s mom, Marcy Posey Gatterman, initially shared the heartbreaking news of the teen’s death in a Monday night Facebook post.
“I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone,” she wrote. “Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever.”
Kailia Posey Education: Where did she attend school before to her death?
According to the Miss Washington pageant website, Posey attended Lynden High Academic and was on the Dean’s list for the 2020-2021 school year. When she went to college, she wanted to study aviation and become a commercial pilot.
“Kailia hopes to show members of her generation that they can positively impact the world if they are patient and work hard,” the bio says.
How did she manage to reach global fame ?
Posey participated in the TLC reality series with her mother on several occasions between 2009 and 2013. She competed in the California Tropic Arizona pageant when she was 5 years old, and she went on to become one of Toddlers and Tiaras’ most famous stars when a look she made during an interview became a popular reaction GIF online.
Posey continued to compete in pageants after the show ended, and she also dabbled in acting, starring in the 2019 Netflix horror thriller Eli. Posey revealed in January that she would compete in the Miss Washington Teen pageant in 2022 after winning Miss Lynden Teen 2021. “I just have one word for you. “Thankful,” the high schooler posted on Instagram with photographs from the February tournament, when she finished second runner-up.
What happened to her? When was Kailia Posey’s body found?
Her body was discovered inside a car at a Washington state park on Monday. Birch Bay State Park, where Posey was initially discovered by police, is a 194-acre state park with a gorgeous rocky coastline and a huge camping site located along the Strait of Georgia shoreline, about nine miles from the Canadian border.
Kailia Posey death cause: How did she die?
The ‘Toddlers and Tiara’ actress, who first appeared on the beauty pageant reality show with her mother Marcy when she was five years old in 2013, died on Monday (03.04.22). Kailia Posey passed away on Monday, barely two weeks after her 16th birthday. Posey’s mother confirmed Posey’s death by suicide in a statement to TMZ. Her family has established the Kailia Posey Teen Crisis Intervention Fund in response to her suicide. Posey’s mother announced her death on Facebook on Monday, but there was no mention of a cause.
“I don’t have words or any thoughts. A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever,” wrote her mother.
Did she die in a car accident?
Around 1:20 p.m. local time, Kailia was discovered dead in Birch Bay State Park, Washington. She was killed in a car accident, but according to her family, she killed herself. This means she took her own life. The cause of the suicide is being investigated by local authorities.
Kailia Posey condolence and tributes
Posey’s family and fans have rushed to social media to express their sorrow and sympathies in the aftermath of the teen’s death.
‘Can’t even believe this has happened. I’m praying for you guys to get through this. She was always so kind to all of us. Rest In Peace,’ America’s Got Talent magician Kadan Rockett wrote on her most recent Instagram post.
‘Thank you for being someone to look up to Kailia,’ commented Mariah Derby-Wine, a fellow pageant competitor. ‘Rest in peace.’
‘Sending prayers to your family,’ said Kennedi Johnston, who performed on NBC’s World of Dance.
‘There are really no words at this time that can make this easier. Our sweet pageant baby was gone too soon. 16 years just wasn’t enough,’ pageant make-up artist Natasha Shunta Winn wrote in a Facebook tribute post.
HEARTBREAKING: Kailia Posey, who appeared in the child beauty pageant reality show when she was 5, has died.— LEX 18 News (@LEX18News) May 3, 2022
What did the police say during the investigation into Kailia Posey’s death?
A spokesperson for the Washington State Police told Us in a statement, “Yesterday on May 2 at 1:26pm Washington State Police was called to assist Whatcom County Sheriff on a juvenile death investigation at Birch Bay State Park.”
State police responded to the scene on Monday around 1.26pm to assist the Whatcom County Sheriff’s and park service.