American Idol finalist Willie Spence is dead at 23 after ‘suffering major injuries in car accident’ | The Sun
AMERICAN Idol runner-up Willie Spence has died in a Tennessee car accident at age 23.
The singer competed in season 19 and came in second to winner Chayce Beckham in the finale.
Willie, 23, lost his life in a devastating car accident on Tuesday, according to the Douglas Now.
The newspaper shared a photo of the TV star to their Facebook profile along with the caption: "DouglasNow has learned that Douglas native and American Idol Season 19 runner-up Willie Spence, 23, has passed away due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Tennessee.
"We have no further details at this time. We extend our condolences to Willie’s family, friends, and fans. He was an extraordinary talent and a ray of light to millions across the world. He will be missed."
Fans rushed to the comments to share their condolences for the young star's family in this tragic time.
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"So sorry for the loss for this young man and his family. My heart and prayers goes out to the family. My god wrap his hands around the family during this time. R.I.P. WILLIE," one penned.
"So sorry for his family loss and the community of Douglas he was a amazing young man loved to hear him sing he was so blessed. Keeping his family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Willie you will be missed," a second gushed.
"My heart breaks for his family! Willie was an incredible young man. Praying for his family and friends," a third mentioned.
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American Idol star Katharine McPhee also seemed to confirm his passing with a post on her Instagram Story.
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The performer re-shared a video from when she met Willie during season 19 and collaborated on a song together.
She wrote in mourning: "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.”
Katherine also shared the last video ever taken by Willie, of him seeing a Christian song in the car just moments before the car crash.
"He posted this right before the accident," she captioned the clip with the crying and heartbreak emoji.
Movie producer Randall Emmett also shared his heartbreak over the loss of the young singer, writing on social media alongside a photo of Willie: “My heart is broken and my prayers go out to his family.
“I was lucky to have him sing for me live at my home and other events, I will miss you my friend. I know you touched so many of us. I’m heart broken.”
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Willie sang Georgia on My Mind, A Change is Gonna Come, and Stand Up during the season 19 finale of American Idol.
Despite the love he received from both fans and the judges alike, he received fewer votes landing him runner-up next to his competitor Chayce Beckham.
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