Singer Cady Groves, 30, dies of ‘natural causes,' family says
Cady Groves poses during Bamboozle Music Festival on June 19, 2010, in Cincinnati.(Amy Harris/Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Country singer Cady Groves, who was only 30 years old, has died of apparent “natural causes," her brother said in a statement Sunday.
The Oklahoma native, best known for her 2011 hit “This Little Girl,” had some medical problems last fall and the family believes they may have resurfaced. Her brother Cody Groves said an autopsy conducted over the weekend found no signs of foul play or self-harm.
“Cady was really looking forward to the next few months and release of her new album,” he wrote. “Our latest in depth conversation (since most were witty banter) was her sending me songs to critique and give feedback on.”
The singer-songwriter, who lived in Tennessee, is the third sibling in the family to die at a young age. The other two suffered from prescription drug abuse and both died at age 28, The Oklahoman reported in 2014.
@cadygroves has left this world. Details are limited right now but family is trying to get them and will keep people updated. Rest In Peace little sis. Hope you’re reunited with @kellydgroves and Casey.
One of many people to pay tribute to Cady Groves on social media was Time magazine editor Sam Lansky, who was friends with her for nearly a decade and described her music as “big, anthemic country-tinged power pop.”
“My friend Cady Groves died yesterday, which is strange because Cady was more alive than maybe anyone I’ve ever met,” Lansky wrote Sunday in an Instagram post. “She was so wild and funny and fiery.
“She was one of the most gifted songwriters I’ve ever met, and her voice could communicate the subtlest longing, go from bratty to heartbreaking in an instant,” he added. “Every song she wrote sounded like the song the heroine in your favorite teen movie sings at the climax… I don’t understand why the world never got to hear so many of those songs.”
Singer Brian Dales called her a “truly underestimated masterclass of talent.”
“I’ve never worked with any songwriter who could open a vein and get vulnerable the way Cady Groves could,” he tweeted. “We wrote a lot of songs together for a while and I was inspired by her time after time.”