‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ star Kailia Posey died by hanging before being found dead in a car

Whatcom County medical examiner concluded that 'Toddlers 7 Tiaras' star Kailia Posey, 16, (pictured) died of suffocation as a result of hanging a ligature on May 2.

Whatcom County medical examiner concluded that 'Toddlers 7 Tiaras' star Kailia Posey, 16, (pictured) died of suffocation as a result of hanging a ligature on May 2.

‘Toddlers 7 Tiaras’ star Kailia Posey, who was found dead by suicide in a car last week just days after her 16th birthday and prom, had died of strangulation, police said.

The Whatcom County medical examiner concluded on Wednesday that the 16-year-old died of asphyxiation as a result of being ligated when she committed suicide in Birch Bay State Park on May 2. page six reported.

The Whatcom County Sherriff’s Office noted that the autopsy and toxicology reports would not be made public to protect the victim’s privacy.

In a recent statement about her suicide, Posey’s family said, “Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately she made the hasty decision at a troubling moment to end her earthly life.”

Whatcom County medical examiner concluded that 'Toddlers 7 Tiaras' star Kailia Posey, 16, (pictured) died of suffocation as a result of hanging a ligature on May 2.

Whatcom County medical examiner concluded that 'Toddlers 7 Tiaras' star Kailia Posey, 16, (pictured) died of suffocation as a result of hanging a ligature on May 2.

Whatcom County medical examiner concluded that ‘Toddlers 7 Tiaras’ star Kailia Posey, 16, (pictured) died of suffocation as a result of hanging a ligature on May 2.

Posey was one of the contestants on the reality show Toddlers & Tiaras in 2012. She became a popular meme after she was caught grinning from ear to ear during a clip.

Posey was one of the contestants on the reality show Toddlers & Tiaras in 2012. She became a popular meme after she was caught grinning from ear to ear during a clip.

Posey was one of the contestants on the reality show Toddlers & Tiaras in 2012. She became a popular meme after she was caught grinning from ear to ear during a clip.

The TLC series followed the families of children who entered beauty pageants.  The show ran from 2009 to 2013, which Posey appeared in 2012 (pictured)

The TLC series followed the families of children who entered beauty pageants.  The show ran from 2009 to 2013, which Posey appeared in 2012 (pictured)

The TLC series followed the families of children who entered beauty pageants. The show ran from 2009 to 2013, which Posey appeared in 2012 (pictured)

Posey's body was found in a car in Birch Bay State Park, Washington

Posey's body was found in a car in Birch Bay State Park, Washington

Posey’s body was found in a car in Birch Bay State Park, Washington

As a child, Posey starred in Toddlers and Tiaras, a TLC series that follows the families of children who competed in beauty pageants. The reality show ran for seven seasons from 2009 to 2013.

She became widely known after a clip of her grinning ear to ear on the show went viral and became a popular meme.

posey had just celebrated her 16th birthday on April 19 and attended her prom over the weekend, which shocked family and friends when she decided to end her life.

‘I have no words or thoughts. A beautiful girl is gone,” Posey’s mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, posted on Facebook to confirm her daughter’s death.

Police found her body in a car on May 2 in Birch Bay State Park, a 194-acre state park along the Strait of Georgia coastline about 9 miles from the Canadian border, and features a scenic rocky beach and a large campground.

One of Poey’s friends said the child star, who was a role model to many on the election circuit, had said she was struggling with her mental health, but they weren’t sure how bad it had gotten.

“We knew she was struggling with a few things, and we all did everything we could to encourage and help her,” the friend told Page Six on an anonymity basis. “We didn’t know what was going on.”

Posey’s family is set up Kailia Posey Teen Crisis Intervention Fund with the aim of ‘getting much-needed resources for students in crisis’.

Birch Bay is a 194-acre state park located along the shoreline of the Strait of Georgia, about 14 miles from the Canadian border, and features a scenic rocky beach and a large campground

Birch Bay is a 194-acre state park located along the shoreline of the Strait of Georgia, about 14 miles from the Canadian border, and features a scenic rocky beach and a large campground

Birch Bay is a 194-acre state park located along the shoreline of the Strait of Georgia, about 14 miles from the Canadian border, and features a scenic rocky beach and a large campground

Mother Marcy Posey Gatterman is pictured with Posey, then 10, during snake training.  The mother started training Posey as a contortionist from the time she was three months old

Mother Marcy Posey Gatterman is pictured with Posey, then 10, during snake training.  The mother started training Posey as a contortionist from the time she was three months old

Mother Marcy Posey Gatterman is pictured with Posey, then 10, during snake training. The mother started training Posey as a contortionist from the time she was three months old

Gatterman (right, pictured with Posey) said she was distraught over her daughter's suicide

Gatterman (right, pictured with Posey) said she was distraught over her daughter's suicide

Gatterman (right, pictured with Posey) said she was distraught over her daughter’s suicide

Gatterman, confirmed her daughter's death on Facebook last week after the body was found

Gatterman, confirmed her daughter's death on Facebook last week after the body was found

Gatterman, confirmed her daughter’s death on Facebook last week after the body was found

Posey started participating in pageants when she was three years old. She became a popular meme after she was caught grinning from ear to ear during a segment about Toddlers and Tiaras.

She kept up the pageant circuit through her childhood and adolescence, having last competed for the title of Miss Washington Teen USA in February.

Although she was not crowned the winner of the February contest, Posey earned the title of Miss Lynden Teen USA last year.

She ran into controversy with Cirque du Soleil and was seemingly passionate about the art form, after she launched a specific Instagram account dedicated to it.

She also played the role of Agnes in the 2018 Netflix film Eli.

Posey celebrated her Sweet 16 on April 19 in Washington State.  Her family and closest friends reportedly attended the festivities

Posey celebrated her Sweet 16 on April 19 in Washington State.  Her family and closest friends reportedly attended the festivities

Posey celebrated her Sweet 16 on April 19 in Washington State. Her family and closest friends reportedly attended the festivities

Posey had recently gone to prom with her friends.  Posey is pictured in her prom dress

Posey had recently gone to prom with her friends.  Posey is pictured in her prom dress

Posey had recently gone to prom with her friends. Posey is pictured in her prom dress

Posey is pictured with her election coach, Cambrie Littlefield, after a win

Posey is pictured with her election coach, Cambrie Littlefield, after a win

Posey is pictured with her election coach, Cambrie Littlefield, after a win

Posey was a freshman at Lynden High School in Washington, the district confirmed to DailyMail.com. According to her Miss Washington Teen biography, she was named on the Dean’s List during the 2020-21 school year.

Her mom announced last week that Posey had earned a spot on the high school cheerleading team for the upcoming season.

After high school, the teenager planned to study aviation at university and become a commercial pilot.

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