Lauren Bennett and Natasha Slaytontook are mourning the loss of their friend and band member Simone Battle, who was found dead in her home in a West Hollywood neighborhood around 8:30 AM on Friday.
“I really don’t know how to form thoughts and words rights now. I am inexplicably heartbroken and overcome with sadness over the loss of our best friend and sister, Simone Battle,” writes Natasha, 26, on Instagram. “I am so grateful to have shared some of the best experiences of my life with her, and I will forever be thankful to every ounce of strength, courage and determination she taught me. She was one of the most talented and brilliantly beautiful people (inside and out) I have ever met. Simone, I will never understand why you left the way you did, but I will forever love you. Thank you for sharing your endless talents and beautiful, glowing heart with us all. I love you so much.”
Lauren added, “We were supposed to conquer together… we were a team, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. We all worked so hard together, united like family for this dream we all shared. Things will never be the same without her. The thought of her no longer being here is devastating and shocking for myself and all her loved ones. Please show her love, appreciation and celebrate her life the way she deserves. I love you Simone, thank you for sharing your moment in time with mine.”
As previously reported, 25-year-old Battle was found hanging from a rod in the closet of her bedroom; Her death looks like an apparent suicide, but nothing is ruled out until an autopsy is completed.
We continue to send out our prayers to Simone’s friends and family during this difficult time.