'American Idol' Season 19 Runner-Up Willie Spence Dies At 23 After Car Accident
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'American Idol' Season 19 Runner-Up Willie Spence Dies At 23 After Car Accident

American Idol contestant Willie Spence has died. He was only 23 years old.

According to reports, the singer, who was the runner-up of American Idol Season 19, passed away after sustaining injuries in a tragic car accident on October 11. Spence was taken to the hospital but later succumbed to those injuries.

Willie Spence rose to fame on 'American Idol' for his impressive performances.

The Douglas, Georgia native captured the hearts of American Idol fans and judges during his time on the hit singing competition series.

After impressing judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie by singing “Diamonds” by Rihanna, Spence landed a spot on the show.

Throughout the season, he became a fan-favorite due to his incredible vocals and likable personality.

Spence made it all the way to the season finale where he sang “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles, “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke, and “Stand Up” by Cynthia Erivo. Unfortunately, the singer didn’t take home the trophy that much due to receiving fewer votes.

Many are sadden by the news of Willie Spence's passing.

The death of the talented crooner has left many fans and celebrities devastated.

Singer Katharine McPhee, who performed a duet with Spence during Season 19 of American Idol, took to her her Instagram Story and posted videos mourning him after learning of his passing.

“I received very tragic news tonight,” she wrote above a video of her and Spence meeting, according to Page Six. “Sweet @williespenceofficial passed away in a car accident. Only 23 years old. Life is so unfair and nothing is ever promised.”

Singer K. Michelle also paid tribute to Spence on Instagram, penning a heartfelt post in his honor. 

“Honestly, i’m in shock. I’m in tears. My lord Willie,” the singer captioned a series of photos of her and Willie together. “It’s been years of you loving me and me loving you. I was so happy that the world got to experience that amazing gift you have. I’m really just done for tonight. This one hurts really bad! God why! R.I.p my baby @williespenceofficial I will always love your friend.”

 

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In a second post, she wrote,

“I love you friend @williespenceofficial Your voice will forever live. You were here my sweet baby. Rebels got you, we are family❤️ Praying for you whole family. I will be reaching out.”

 

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