Toddlers And Tiaras Star Kailia Posey's Tragic Cause Of Death Revealed

The following article includes mentions of suicide.

Family, friends, and fans of Kailia Posey were left devastated on May 2, when it was revealed that the "Toddlers and Tiaras" star had died.

News of the teenager's passing first broke when her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, shared a simple, albeit heartbreaking statement via Facebook. "I don't have words or any thoughts," she wrote. "A beautiful baby girl is gone. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby forever."

Given Posey's young age — the pageant contestant had posted an Instagram photo dump of her 16th birthday celebrations just weeks prior — many were desperate to know what led to her death. In light of her mother's plea for privacy, this is sure to have added to the family's grieving process. However, a report by the Whatcom County medical examiner may bring some closure to the public. In turn, there are hopes that this will translate into some much-needed space for Posey's loved ones.

Details about Kailia Posey's death are scant, out of respect

Official word from the Whatcom County medical examiner revealed that a 16-year-old girl succumbed to asphyxia due to ligature hanging. The statement declines to name Kailia Posey "out of respect for the family." Later speaking to Page Six, the medical examiner doubled down on the importance of privacy on the matter, pointing out that any further details were "not of legitimate concern to the public."

As for what led to Posey's suicidal thoughts, an anonymous friend of the star told Page Six that they were aware she was "struggling," However, those close to her weren't aware of just how delicate her mental health had become. "We all did everything we could to encourage her and help," but ultimately, "we didn't know what was going on." Another one of Posey's friends, "America's Got Talent" alum Kadan Bart Rockett, shared a similar sentiment. "I cannot begin to comprehend WHY," he wrote via Instagram, before emphasizing the importance of seeking help.

In wake of the "Toddlers and Tiaras" star's tragic death, Posey's loved ones will need all the support they can get. However, they're also doing what they can to support others. Per TMZ, her family has established a fund in her name geared toward helping teenagers in crisis. "Thank you for honoring Kailia's short, beautiful life by helping other young people," its description reads. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Posey's loved ones — and to Posey, thank you for the light you brought into the world. Rest in peace.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ at​ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.