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RIP: Justin Guarini Confirms ‘American Idol’ Season 1 Finalist Nikki McKibbin’s Death at 42

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‘American Idol’ Season 1 finalist Nikki McKibbin has sadly died at the age of 42…

McKibbin finished in third-place on ‘American Idol’s first ever season back in 2002 which saw Kelly Clarkson turned into a superstar!…Second-runner-up Justin Guarini, also 42, confirmed McKibbin’s death in a post to Instagram where he wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of the star: “@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit. ⁣Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way…but I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said “You are the Gypsy that I was…”. Nikki was on cloud nine and the joy and excitement that radiated from her was infectious. After the kind of emotional beating she took at the hands of the masses, she deserved to feel good about herself, even for a little while.”

He continued: ⁣”Rest well, “Gypsy”…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight. #rip #americanidol”…Nikki had long struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse and even appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008, and in the spin-off as well: SOBER HOUSE!…Rest in Peace Nikki, you will be missed…Take a look at Guarini’s post below and let us know: DO YOU REMEMBER AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 1??? DID YOU WATCH FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY???

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@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit. ⁣ ⁣ Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way…⁣ ⁣ …but I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said “You are the Gypsy that I was…”. Nikki was on cloud nine and the joy and excitement that radiated from her was infectious. After the kind of emotional beating she took at the hands of the masses, she deserved to feel good about herself, even for a little while. ⁣ ⁣ Rest well, “Gypsy”…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight. #rip #americanidol

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