VIDEO: American Idol Season 19 Runner-Up, Willie Spence, confirmed dead, Cause Of Death Revealed

American Idol Season 19 Runner-Up, Willie Spence, confirmed dead, Cause Of Death Revealed.. The singer was runner-up in season 19 of American Idol in 2021..

American Idol Season 19 Runner-Up Willie Spence, confirmed dead, Cause Of Death Revealed


Willie Spence, who shot to fame as runner-up on American Idol in 2021, has died tragically in a car accident in Tennessee.

Willie Spence, the runner-up on American Idol season 19 who performed soaring renditions of “The Circle of Life” and “Georgia on My Mind,” died Tuesday after a car accident in Nashville, Tenn., reports NBC News. He was 23.

Spence’s Jeep Cherokee veered off the road and crashed into the back of a tractor trailer that was located on the side of Interstate 24 at 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, according to a preliminary report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Marion County Medical Examiner obtained by the outlet.

Spence, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause of death was listed as “multi-system trauma due to motor vehicle accident,” and an investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol is underway, the outlet reports.

He wowed fans and judges alike with his recital of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ in season 19 of American Idol, and received endorsements from all three of the panel – Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

“We are devastated about the passing of our beloved American Idol family member Willie Spence,” the series posted on Instagram. “He was a true talent who lit up every room he entered and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to his loved ones.”


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During his musical career, Spence released a collection of singles and one EP, The Voice, in April 2021. His final single, “The Living Years,” with Briana Moir, was released in August. Spence was also set to perform at the Trinity Baptist Church in London, his first U.K. concert, on Nov. 12.

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