The runner-up on “American Idol.” Tuesday, Willie Spence succumbed to injuries incurred in an automobile accident. He was 23.
The brilliant singer was reportedly in Tennessee at the time of the accident, as reported by Douglas Now.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of our beloved ‘American Idol’ family member, Willie Spence,” the show tweeted. “He was a tremendous talent who illuminated every room he entered; he will be sorely missed. We extend our sympathies to his family and friends.”
Katharine McPhee, who sang a duet with Spence during his Season 19 participation, shared grief videos to her Instagram Story.
She commented, over a video of her and Spence’s meeting, “I received really bad news tonight.” “Sweet @williespenceofficial was killed in an automobile accident. Just 23 years of age. Life is incredibly unfair, and nothing is ever certain.
“God rest your soul Willie. It was an honor to sing with and get to know you.”
McPhee, 38, added a series of broken-heart emoticons and also reposted Spence’s last video, which shows him singing a Christian song in a car before the accident.
“He posted this immediately prior to the accident [tear emoji],” she said.
Fans and followers swamped Spence’s post on the horrific event with comments.
“Friend, fly and sing with the angels and dance with the stars! “RIH,” remarked one.
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Willie Spence, who placed second on Season 19 of “American Idol,” perished in an automobile accident. He was 23.
Spence was traveling from Tennessee to Atlanta when he collided with a parked semi-truck on the side of the road.
A message on the “American Idol” Instagram said, “We are heartbroken by the loss of our beloved “American Idol” family member, Willie Spence. He was an exceptional talent that illuminated every room he entered and will be sorely missed. We extend our sympathies to his family and friends.”
The post includes a video of Spence’s “American Idol” audition performance of “Diamonds” by Rihanna. The judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan applauded Spence’s performance, with Bryan remarking, “You are a truly unique individual. I did not want it to stop.”