Nikki McKibbin 1978-2020 The American Idol community mourned This season 1 finalist Afterwards she died at 42 from a brain aneurysm

Nikki McKibbin 1978-2020 The American Idol community mourned This season 1 finalist Afterwards she died at 42 from a brain aneurysm

On Nov.1 American Idol season 1 fan favourite Nikki McKibbin–who made the last three alongside Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini–died four days after suf- fering a brain aneurysm at 42. Her husband, Craig Sadler, 52, shared on Face- publication that hospital employees played”Landslide” to get McKibbin before taking her off life support because”she almost worshiped Stevie Nicks.” After finishing third on Idol in 2002, the Texas native–that was mother to son Tristen, 22, by a prior relationship, and stepdaughter Carlie, 25–appeared Fear Factor and Battle of the Network Reality Stars. In 2008 she opened up about her struggle with chemical abuse on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House. “I could say that she had had a hard life, which not that many people had been kind to her across the way,” Guarini Instagrammed. “Thanks for your laughter… love and friendship you showed me during our time together.” Former Idol judge Paula Abdul called McKibbin, famous for her daring fashion,”a robust & spirited girl who always stayed true to who she was.”

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