Kelia Bossithe actress who appeared in one memorable episode of TLC‘s Toddlers and crowns, which led to the popular GIF, is dead, according to a post by her mother, Marcy Posey Gaterman, on Facebook. The cause of her death was not announced. She was 16 years old.
Posey at the age of five appeared in the show and episode “California Tropic Arizona”. She competed in that competition against two other girls who appeared on the show in 2012.
While it was her only appearance, a cute clip of the five-year-old holding her neck with a silly smile on her face became a GIF that caught fire on the internet and was dubbed “The Smiling Girl.”
Kelia Posey, whose GIF became famous from her appearance on the reality TV show “Toddlers & Tiaras,” died unexpectedly at age 16, says her mother. pic.twitter.com/BVtBmUrQob
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According to her Instagram pages – she kept one as a personal account and One As the “Official Pageant Page” – she went on to compete, receiving the title of Miss Teen Lynden WA USA in 2022 in early February.
Her mother posted several photos of Posey on Facebook, including one of her daughter with a halo around her head.
“I have no words or thoughts,” Marcy Posey Letterman wrote. “A beautiful baby girl has disappeared. Please give us privacy as we mourn the loss of Kailia. My baby is forever.”
Just last Saturday, the proud mom posted pictures of her daughter and her friends smiling together on their way to prom.
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