A former star of TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras,” Kailia Posey, tragically took her own life at the age of just 16, her family says.
Posey’s mother confirmed her death earlier this week in a brief post on Facebook.
Posey reached global fame when a gif of her grinning, five-year-old self from the TLC reality show, went viral online.
Following her appearance on “Toddlers and Tiaras,” Posey competed in pageants and even starred in a Netflix film called “Eli.” In January, she announced her intention to compete in the Miss Washington Teen USA pageant.
Her highly acclaimed talent as a contortionist had already led to performing with Cirque du Soleil, and she had recently been selected to be a cheerleader at her high school.
Posey attended Lynden High School, and had planned to continue to work in the entertainment industry while pursuing her goal of a commercial pilot’s license.
How to help someone in crisis
Talking honestly, responsibly and safely about suicide can help you determine if someone needs help. If you want to help someone in crisis, try:
- listening and showing concern
- showing concern can be an immediate way to help someone
- listening won’t increase the risk of suicide and it may save a life
- talking with them and reassuring them that they’re not alone
- letting them know you care
- connecting them with a:
- crisis line
- trusted person (neighbour, friend, family member or Elder)
Crisis Services Canada
Available to all Canadians seeking support. Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizationsnearest you.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4 PM – 12 AM ET).
Kids Help Phone
Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868.
Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from professional counsellors.
Hope for Wellness Help Line
Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.
Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who need immediate crisis intervention. Experienced and culturally sensitive help line counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed.
Telephone and online counselling are available in English and French. On request, telephone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.