Top Stories

Nikki McKibbin Dead - 'American Idol' Alum Dies at 42

Nikki McKibbin Dead - 'American Idol' Alum Dies at 42

Nikki McKibbin has sadly passed away at the age of 42, according to her co-stars.

The Texas-born American Idol Season 1 finalist finished in third place on the show’s inaugural season in 2002.

Sources connected to Nikki‘s family tell TMZ she died of a brain aneurysm. She was in the hospital on life support, and at 3 A.M., she was taken to the operating room, where her organs were harvested and she was pronounced dead, according to the report.

Runner-up Justin Guarini confirmed the news on his Instagram on Saturday (October 31).

“@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. ⁣Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way…but I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said ‘You are the Gypsy that I was…’. Nikki was on cloud nine and the joy and excitement that radiated from her was infectious. After the kind of emotional beating she took at the hands of the masses, she deserved to feel good about herself, even for a little while,” he wrote.⁣

“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.”

Season 10 alum Pia Toscano commented on the post, writing: “Oh no :( I loved Nikki.”

Finalist Jim Verraros also commented on Instagram.

“I can’t believe you’re gone. You were such a light for so many of us. You were unapologetically yourself and I loved that the most about you. You will be missed but I will always hold you close to my heart. Rest In Peace, beautiful soul,” he wrote.

Nikki‘s battle with cocaine and alcohol addiction was chronicled in 2008′s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, and later in a spin-off, Sober House.

In 2014, Nikki had a full-circle moment with the series when her 15-year-old-son Tristan auditioned for American Idol. He was cut during the Hollywood rounds.

Our thoughts are with Nikki‘s loved ones at this difficult time.

We have sadly lost all of these stars in 2020.

Just Jared on Facebook
nikki mckibbin 2020 01 2
nikki mckibbin 2020 01 5
nikki mckibbin 2020 01
nikki mckibbin 2020 02
nikki mckibbin 2020 03
nikki mckibbin 2020 04
nikki mckibbin 2020 05
nikki mckibbin 2020 06
nikki mckibbin 2020 07
nikki mckibbin 2020 08
nikki mckibbin 2020 09
nikki mckibbin 2020 10
nikki mckibbin 2020 11
nikki mckibbin 2020 12
nikki mckibbin 2020 13
nikki mckibbin 2020 14
nikki mckibbin 2020 15
nikki mckibbin 2020 16
nikki mckibbin 2020 18
nikki mckibbin 2020 19
nikki mckibbin 2020 20
nikki mckibbin 2020 21
nikki mckibbin 2020 22
nikki mckibbin 2020 23
nikki mckibbin 2020 24
nikki mckibbin 2020 25
nikki mckibbin 2020 26
nikki mckibbin 2020 27
nikki mckibbin 2020 28
nikki mckibbin 2020 29
nikki mckibbin 2020 30
nikki mckibbin 2020 31
nikki mckibbin 2020 32
nikki mckibbin 2020 33
nikki mckibbin 2020 34
nikki mckibbin 2020 35
nikki mckibbin 2020 36
nikki mckibbin 2020 37
nikki mckibbin 2020 38
nikki mckibbin 2020 39
nikki mckibbin 2020 40
nikki mckibbin 2020 41
nikki mckibbin 2020 42
nikki mckibbin 2020 43
nikki mckibbin 2020 44
nikki mckibbin 2020 45
nikki mckibbin 2020 46
nikki mckibbin 2020 47
nikki mckibbin 2020 48
nikki mckibbin 2020 49
nikki mckibbin 2020 50
nikki mckibbin 2020 51
nikki mckibbin 2020 52
nikki mckibbin 2020 53
nikki mckibbin 2020 54
nikki mckibbin 2020 55
nikki mckibbin 2020 56
nikki mckibbin 2020 57
nikki mckibbin 2020 58
nikki mckibbin 2020 59

Photos: Getty
Posted to: 00, American Idol, Nikki McKibbin, RIP

JJ Links Around The Web

Photo of Private: JJ Links Around The Web
Getty Images
  • Bow Wow is under fire for performing at a packed club amid the pandemic - TMZ
  • Watch the trailer for the Looney Tunes reboot - Just Jared Jr
  • This Teen Mom 2 star just found out she has a brother - TooFab
  • Shawn Johnson has some exciting news - Just Jared Jr