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American Idol runner-up Willie Spence dies aged 23

Anish Vij

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American Idol runner-up Willie Spence dies aged 23

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American Idol runner-up Willie Spence has died at the age of 23, according to reports.

The talented artist, who featured on Season 19 of American Idol, was said to have been involved in a car accident in Tennessee, news outlet Douglas Now reported.

The publication claims that the singer passed away after 'injuries sustained in an automobile accident'.

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Singer Katharine McPhee, who performed with Spence on the show, wrote on Instagram: "I received very tragic news tonight. 

"Sweet @williespenceofficial passed away in a car accident. Only 23 years old. Life is so unfair and nothing is ever promised.

"God rest your soul Willie. It was a pleasure to sing with you and to know you."

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Singer Katharine McPhee has paid tribute. Credit: @katherinefoster/Instagram
Singer Katharine McPhee has paid tribute. Credit: @katherinefoster/Instagram

In a follow-up Instagram story, she shared a video of Spence singing in the car, which she claims happened right before the accident.

At the time of writing, the reports remain unconfirmed.

The emotional clip sees the 23-year-old sing his heart out while captioning his post: "Lord you are my hiding place."

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Tributes have been pouring in, with one fan person commenting: "BROOOO I’M MESSED UP RIGHT NOW."

A second person wrote: "rest in peace williem," while someone else said: "Omg I am so at a loss for words. Not you Willie! Wow… Rest in Paradise, king ."

"Fly and sing with the angels and dance amongst the stars friend! RIH," a fourth wrote.

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Another added: "Wowww my heart really hurts! May you rest in paradise Willie... Such a star! And a sweet soul! You will be missed!"

Someone else said: “One of the most kind and genuine people I’ve ever endured. One of the most talented artists I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.”

American Idol runner-up Willie Spence has died at the age of 23, according to reports. Credit: Fox
American Idol runner-up Willie Spence has died at the age of 23, according to reports. Credit: Fox

In Spence's first ever audition for American Idol, he sang 'Diamonds' by Rihanna. The judging panel at the time consisted of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

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At the time, the singer said: "I do this for me, but not only for me, I do this for my family.

"They’ve always supported me, they’ve been there from the very beginning."

After having a brilliant show, he narrowly lost out to Chayce Beckham who ended up winning the competition.

Spence wowed the judges throughout, while singing 'Wind Beneath My Wings', 'Set Fire to the Rain', 'Glory', and 'Georgia on My Mind'.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

Topics: News, Celebrity, US News

Anish Vij
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