American Idol Contestant Nikki McKibbin Dead at 42-Years-Old

by Halle Ames

The third-place finisher of the first season of American Idol, Nikki McKibbin, has died at the age of 42. 

According to a source close to McKibbin’s family, Nikki suffered a brain aneurysm and was in the hospital on life support. At 3:00 a.m. today, her family decided to take her off life support. Her family elected to have her organs harvested to be donated, and she was pronounced dead shortly after. 

Her husband since 2007, Craig Sadler, along with family, were by her side when she passed at the young age of 42. 

She has one 22-year-old son named Tristen Langley, who also competed on American Idol in 2014, but was cut after making it to the Hollywood round. 

In the first season of American Idol, 23-year-old McKibbin, from Grand Prairie, Texas, came in third place behind Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson. 

Throughout McKibbin’s life, she has struggled with some issues. In 2008, she appeared on Dr. Drew’s show, “Celebrity Rehab,” to fight her substance abuse issues. After the show, she moved into a sober living home. She appeared on “Sober House” during her stay here. The show was a spin-off of “Celebrity Rehab.”

McKibbin remained in the spotlight, however. She also made appearances on shows like “Fear Factor” and “Battle of the Network Reality Stars.”

Her most iconic performance was on the show’s first season in 2002 when she sang Alannah Myles’ song, “Black Velvet.”