America’s Got Talent contestant Skilyr Hicks is found dead at 23 in South Carolina

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America’s Got Talent contestant Skilyr Hicks is found dead at 23 in South Carolina … had appeared on NBC show in 2013

  • Cause and circumstances of death was not immediately clear to her family 
  • Hicks had been battling depression and substance abuse
  • Singer-songwriter was 14 when she appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2013 










One-time America’s Got Talent contestant Skilyr Hicks was found dead at 23 Monday at a home in Liberty, South Carolina.

Her mother Jodi told TMZ Tuesday that Hicks was found in the home of a friend, though she doesn’t know who the owner of the home is.

The cause and circumstances of Hicks’ death was not immediately clear to her family, the outlet reported.

The latest: One-time America’s Got Talent contestant Skilyr Hicks was found dead at 23 Monday at a home in Liberty, South Carolina. She was seen in an Instagram post last year 

Hicks, a singer-songwriter, had been battling depression and substance abuse, her mother told TMZ, adding, ‘She will live on through her music.’ 

Hicks’ mother said she was loved by her family, including four siblings, and sought to help those in need through her art.

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 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

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 

Hicks had been battling depression and substance abuse, her mother told TMZ

Hicks had been battling depression and substance abuse, her mother told TMZ

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. 

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