Death of Willie Spence: The American Idol runner-up dies at the age of 23

american idol Runner-up Willie Spence has reportedly died aged 23.

The aspiring singer, who appeared on season 19 of the talent series, was involved in a car accident in Tennessee, according to a local news outlet in Douglas, Georgia. This has yet to be officially confirmed.

Singer Katharine McPhee, who duetted with Spence on the show, claimed to have been told of Spence’s death and wrote on Instagram: “I received very tragic news tonight.

“cute @williespenceofficial died in a car crash. Only 23 years old. Life is so unfair and nothing is ever promised.

She added: “God rest your soul Willie. It was a pleasure singing with you and knowing you.”

McPhee also shared a video that Spence uploaded to his Instagram page at 1:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday (October 11). She claimed Spence posted the clip of him singing “You Are My Hiding Place” “right before the accident.”

During the 19th season of american idolwhich aired in 2021, Spence took second place behind country star Chayce Beckham.

Throughout the series, he wowed judges with his renditions of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind.” The latter was dedicated to his home state of Georgia.

Willie Spence took second place on “American Idol.”


He also duetted with X factor Winner Leona Lewis, with the pair singing Lewis’ Calum Scott collaboration “You Are the Reason.”

Spence released his debut song “Never Be Alone” shortly after the end of the series. He was due to perform in London next month. Death of Willie Spence: The American Idol runner-up dies at the age of 23


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