Craig Sadler Wiki – Biography
Craig Sadler is the husband of Nikki McKibbin, who placed third on the first season of “American Idol” has died. Nikki was an American rock music singer-songwriter who finished third in the debut season of the reality television series American Idol. Prior to American Idol, McKibbin appeared in the first season of Popstars. In May 2007 she released her debut album, Unleashed.
Craig Sadler Age
Craig Sadler’s age is unknown.
Wife & Children
Craig, who wed Nikki in 2007, wrote: ‘Many of you already know something is wrong. The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday. She would already be gone, but she’s an organ donor and has been kept on life support to make that possible. That shouldn’t be a surprise to us. Even at the end she is still giving. ‘She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us. There are only a few hours left for me to hold her hand and kiss her forehead. The current Covid situation won’t allow the huge service that she deserves, but I would like to offer you the opportunity to honor her.
He told fans that her favourite song, Landslide by Stevie Nicks, would be played for her when she goes for surgery ‘to give her final gift that will save the lives of strangers’. ‘If you are able, you can pause at 3:00 wherever you are and listen to it with her. She will know that you’re sharing her farewell. She loved so many of you and I know you loved her too’, he added.
Nikki appeared in season one of the singing competition in 2002, and finished in third place. The series was won by Kelly Clarkson. Runner-up Justin Guarini paid tribute on Instagram, writing: ‘Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way…but I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said “You are the Gypsy that I was…”. Nikki was on cloud nine and the joy and excitement that radiated from her was infectious.
After the kind of emotional beating she took at the hands of the masses, she deserved to feel good about herself, even for a little while. ‘Rest well, “Gypsy”…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight.
The TV star released her debut album Unleashed in 2007 and went on to be part of rock bands including Downside and Wicked Attraction.
She returned to American Idol in 2014 when her son Tristen auditioned, then aged 15.
Wife Death & Cause
Nikki McKibbin, a contestant on the first season of American Idol, died in the hospital on November 1, at 3 a.m. According to TMZ, the singer was hospitalized on life support following a brain aneurysm. Fellow American Idol contestant, Justin Guarini, posted the news of her death on Instagram, writing in part, “Rest well, ‘Gypsy’…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight. #rip #americanidol.”
She was surrounded by family when she passed.
Redeye Radio host Gary McNamara tweeted about McKibbin’s condition earlier on Saturday evening, writing: “I witnessed my friend Nikki (McKibbin) Sadler go from a Karaoke bar to finalist on 1st year of American Idol. She is on life support after suffering an aneurysm. They will end life support tonight. Please pray for her husband Craig and family. I am heartbroken.”
American Idol wrote on Twitter: “Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”
Fellow season 1 contestant Jim Verraros posted:
One fan wrote: “Her performance of Black Velvet has lived in my head rent free since season one of American Idol. I’ll always remember the really sweet moment with her son when he gave his mommy a rose after she sang. RIP Nikki McKibbin.”
One tweet reads: “RIP, Nikki McKibbin. You were one of the most colorful and interesting American Idol contestants. You were such a kind, genuine soul when I met you that year with @JimVerraros at the AIDS Walk.”