Willie Spence dead – American Idol finalist dies aged 23 after car accident

American Idol star Willie Spence has died aged 23 in a car crash in Tennessee, according to reports.

He starred on the American talent show just last year, and came in second place behind Chayce Beckham in the final.

News of his tragic death was reported by local news publication Douglas Now.

They wrote: "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."

Katharine McPhee, who performed a duet with Willie on the singing show, shared the devastating news on her Instagram Story.

Above a video of her and Willie, she wrote: “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.”

Fans commented on the post, as one wrote: "Omg I am so at a loss for words. Not you Willie! Wow… Rest in Paradise, king."

Another said: "Wow ! Rest easy bro," with a third fan adding: "Wowww my heart really hurts! May you rest in paradise Willie. Such a star! And a sweet soul! You will be missed!"

Tributes to Willie have been flooding the internet, with one person tweeting sadly: "Willie Spence’s death is just so sad… One of those things where you have to fight the urge to ask, "why?"

Another wrote: "Saw the sad news Hunter Metts shared and I'm shocked. So sad to see a great talent and so young leaving. Willie Spence was one of my favorites from American Idol Season 19."

Someone else wrote: "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."

Willie impressed the American Idol judges and audiences in last year's final of the show, as he sang Georgia on My Mind, A Change is Gonna Come, and Stand Up.

Eventually, however, he was beaten to the winning post, after being beaten by Chayce Beckham.


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