Singer and former X Factor contestant Simone Battle dies aged 25

American singer Simone Battle has died at the age of 25.

The G.R.L star and former US X Factor contestant was found at her Los Angeles home around 8am on Friday 5 September.

"She will be greatly missed and loved," Simone's father Anthony E Battle told MailOnline. "She was an exuberant person and a very loved person."

Simone Battle pictured out in New York in August

The cause of Simone's death has not yet been made public as it is still under investigation.

The LA native's record company and management issued a joint statement on her sudden passing, which read "We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.

"Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time."

Simone, whose fellow G.R.L band members were Pussycat Doll stars Emmalyn Estrada, Lauren Bennett, was believed to have previously suffered from depression.