"She won countless crowns & trophies after competing on the pageant circuit her entire life … Her highly acclaimed talent as a contortionist had already led to professional touring job offers, and she had recently been selected to be a cheerleader at her high school next fall."
The family also told the publication that Posey had planned to continue working in the entertainment industry but also had a love for aviation, with the goal to get a commercial pilot's license.
Posey was widely known for featuring in the TLC reality series Toddlers & Tiaras which follows the personal lives of families of contestants participating in child beauty pageants, she had competed in beauty pageants from the age of three.
It is through the show that Posey became internet famous when a clip of her cheeky grin was turned into a viral GIF and meme.
Tributes have been pouring in for the death of Posey who had just turned 16 last week.
One of Posey's pageant coaches expressed her sadness at the news: "I have experienced alot of loss in my life, but this one stings differently. Kailia was one the funnest and funniest young ladies that I have ever worked with in my coaching career."
"Can’t even believe this has happened. I’m praying for you guys to get through this. She always was so kind to all of us. Rest In Peace," America's Got Talent magician Kadan Bart Rockett wrote underneath an Instagram post of Posey's.
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