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Simone Battle death ruled suicide

The death of girl group singer Simone Battle has been ruled a suicide by hanging.

The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lieutenant Fred Corral said.

Battle became known through her performances on the television show X Factor. Her five-member band - G.R.L., originally a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls - had been signed by mega-hit maker Dr Luke.

The group featured on rapper Pitbull's hit song Wild Wild Love earlier this year. Battle said in July that the collaboration gave the group a platform to launch their debut single, Ugly Heart.

A posting on G.R.L.'s Twitter account on Saturday said: "Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart."

"We will carry her memory with us in everything we do," the posting continued.

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