Nikki McKibbin, a singer who superior all the way in which to the finals on the very first season of American Idol, died early Sunday morning after struggling a mind aneurysm.
She was 42 years outdated.
Nikki’s husband, Craig Sadler, introduced on Fb on Saturday that his spouse — who additionally glided by Nikki Sadler — had suffered the mind aneurysm on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Primarily based on what we have learn on-line, funeral preparations are pending.
“A lot of you already know one thing is unsuitable,” wrote Craig, as you’ll be able to see beneath.
‘The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday.
“She would already be gone, however she’s an organ donor and has been stored on life assist to make that attainable.”
McKibbin completed third on the inaugural run of American Idol, ending the competitors behind solely Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini.
Added her husband in his tribute put up;
“Even on the finish she continues to be giving. She was so beloved that I do know hundreds of you may be grieving with us.
“There are just a few hours left for me to carry her hand and kiss her brow.
“The present Covid scenario will not permit the large service that she deserves, however I wish to give you the chance to honor her.
She will likely be taken to the OR at 3:00 am Central time to offer her last present that may save the lives of strangers.
You in all probability know she virtually worshiped Stevie Nicks.
Earlier than they start, they may play Landslide for her one final time.
In case you are in a position, you’ll be able to pause at 3:00 wherever you might be and take heed to it along with her. She is going to know that you simply’re sharing her farewell.
She beloved so a lot of you and I do know you liked her too.
A press release was has additionally posted on American Idol’s official Twitter web page. It learn:
“Nikki McKibbin was an unimaginable expertise and we’re deeply saddened by the information of her passing.
“She was a part of our American Idol household and will likely be actually missed.
“Our hearts and prayers exit to her household and mates throughout this troublesome time.”
Along with Craig, Nikki is survived by her son, Tristen Cole Langley, 22, who truly auditioned for season 13 of American Idol; and a granddaughter.
Concerning her time on Idol, Nikki is best-remembered for a canopy of Alannah Myles’ track, “Black Velvet.”
She additionally sang variations of tracks by Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin.
Nikki additionally appeared on Concern Issue and Battle of the Community Actuality Stars.
Sadly, the aspiring singer battled substance abuse points, which additionally prompted her to land in 2008 on Dr. Drew’s Superstar Rehab.
The fact star then moved to a sober dwelling home and her time there was chronicled on Sober Home, a by-product of Superstar Rehab.
Could Nikki McKibbin relaxation in peace.
UPDATE: Guarini has posted the next tribute…
@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, humorous girl who may sing the Hell out of a rock track with the identical form of ease and command she lovingly used to chop you along with her twangy Southern wit.
Even in our 20’s once we had been on American Idol collectively I may inform that she’d had a difficult life, and that not that many individuals had been variety to her alongside the way in which.
I’ll always remember the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, despatched her flowers with a card that stated, “You’re the Gypsy that I used to be…
UPDATE: And right here is former choose Paula Abdul…
Nikki McKibbin was a powerful & spirited girl who all the time stayed true to who she was.
She may carry the home down along with her highly effective voice and charming stage presence. Our first season of Idol wouldn’t have been what it was with out her.
My love & prayers exit to her household.