Nikki McKibbin American Idol season 1 contestant is dead

Nikki McKibbin American Idol debut season contestant is dead.

Nikki McKibbin, an “American Idol” contestant who finished third on the reality TV show debut season has died.

Craig Sadler, her husband made this know in an emotional Facebook post.

According to him, Nikki suffered a brain aneurysm earlier in the week and was on life support until early Sunday morning.

“Many of you already know something is wrong. The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday,” he wrote. “She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us.” 

The Singer-Songwriter, now 42, appeared on “American Idol” back in 2002 and was just behind Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson, who went onto win the competition.

Her performance of Alannah Myles’ song “Black Velvet” in the Season 1 finale ranked as her most beloved by fans. 

Guarini posted a heartfelt tribute to her on his Instagram page, describing her as a “fiery, funny lady who could sing the hell out of a rock song.” 

He recalled her excitement when Stevie Nicks sent her flowers saying “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.”

He added: “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.”

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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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Her her soul rest in peace.

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