Nikki McKibbin, who came in third on first season of 'American Idol,' dead at 42

Nikki McKibbin, the third-place contestant of the first season of “American Idol” behind winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini, has died from complications of a brain aneurysm.She was 42.The Grand Prairie, Texas, native wowed judges with performances of songs by Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morissette, Bonnie Tyler, Janis Joplin and Alannah Myles before she was voted off ahead of the final two in 2002.“(McKibbin) 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.,” Guarin…

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