Ex-American Idol contestant Willie Spence dies in car accident at age 23

Former ‘American Idol’ finalist Willie Spence died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a car accident in Tennessee, according to the Georgia News Outlet. Douglas now. He was 23 years old.

The fan favorite ‘Idol’ contestant took the runners-up. competition program19 season last year. Chase Beckham was the winner.

Fellow “American Idol” alumni Catherine McPheeAfter mentoring and performing with Spence during season 19, he mourned the singer on Tuesday. on Instagram.

“I received very tragic news tonight,” McPhee said. “Life is so unfair and nothing has been promised. God, rest your soul, Willie. I’m glad I sang with you and got to know you.”

The “Smash” star also shared. video Spence posted on Instagram, “just before the accident.” In the clip, Spence passionately belts Selah’s “You Are My Hiding Place” in his car.

while his american idol auditionThe vocalist from Douglas, Georgia surprised the famous judges. strong play Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’. After giving him a standing ovation, Lionel Richie hailed Spence as an “undeniable star” and Luke Bryan considered him a “special human.”

“My friend, you are really talented.” Richie said. “At first I had chills. … it was a nice session.”

In April 2021, Spence released their debut EP “The Voice” followed by the singles “Never Be Alone” and “The Living Years”.

He told the judges at his audition for ‘Idol’, “I want to share my talents with the world through my voice.”

“I hope to win a Grammy someday. There, I see myself five years later. … It will be difficult, but I think I can do it.”

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