An American Idol star is mourning the death of his sister after she drowned in a lake at the age of 19.
Drake McCain Taylor, who competed on season 17 and season 19 of the singing competition in the US, shared a post on social media confirming the death of his sibling, Madison Taylor.
On Instagram, the 21-year-old shared a series of pictures of his younger sister, the first of which showed her sticking her tongue out at the beach while making peace signs with her hands.
‘My beautiful baby sister… I have no words. Absolutely no words… I just want to hug you and kiss your precious face!’ the singer wrote in his tribute.
‘I don’t know why GOD took you yet but I know you are in a better place smiling down on us. You inspired me and so many other people, and overall had the best heart there ever was.
‘We will never forget you, the memories, or that beautiful contagious smile. I love you so much, forever and always Bean. Until we meet again my precious baby sis!’ he wrote, signing off by referring to himself as: ‘Bubba Drake.’
On Facebook, Drake shared a News Channel 9 article that outlined that Madison’s body was recovered from Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee just after midnight on Tuesday.
According to the publication, the TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) said that the teenager entered the water from a boat to swim and did not surface.
On Instagram, Drake shared photos of his younger sister as a child, posing in a field and with him dressed for a formal event.
Another picture showed them with other family members wearing T-shirts to support him while he was on American Idol.
The final image showed Madison beaming at the camera while wearing her basketball uniform.
When Drake shared the article confirming his sister’s death on Facebook, he wrote in his post: ‘My beautiful baby sister! Bubba misses you so much my heart can’t take it. Y’all please just pray for our family right now and respect our privacy. GOD BLESS!’
In another message, he asked people not to ‘assume anything’ and to respect his family’s privacy.
‘It’s hard enough and it’s just making it 10 times harder to deal with. We are beyond grateful for everyone who has supported us and loved our precious Maddie like their own,’ he wrote.
‘I hate that I’m even having to type this man. Bubba misses you so much sissy! Lord please be with us, please!’
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover the burial expenses for the family, with over $18,000 raised so far.