Nikki McKibbin, a singer-songwriter from Texas and finalist in the inaugural season of "American Idol", has died at the age of 42, her husband said on Facebook.
Nikki McKibbin secured a third-place finish in the inaugural season of the singing reality show in 2002.
"Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing," American Idol said in a statement.
"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."
In the show's first season, Nikki McKibbin impressed the judges with performances of songs by Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks as well as a cover of Alanna Myles' song "Black Velvet".
Nikki McKibbin 's debut album, "Unleashed", was released in 2007 by the Chenoa Music label.
Her husband said in the Facebook post that Nikki McKibbin had died after suffering a brain aneurysm on Wednesday and was taken off life support early Sunday.
Nikki McKibbin Biography
Nikki McKibbin was born on September 28, 1978 in Grand Prairie, Texas, USA as Katherine Nicole McKibbin. She was married to Craig Michael Sadler and Joshua David Ozment. She died on November 1, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.