‘American Idol’ Star Willie Spence Passes Away at 23 Years Old

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It’s a sad day for American Idol fans everywhere. Season 19 runner up Willie Spence, has reportedly passed away following a car accident in Tennessee. Here’s everything we know.


Willie Spence Reportedly Passes Away At the Age of 23

According to various local sources, American Idol runner up Willie Spence has passed away following a car accident in Tennessee. Although many of the details of the car accident have yet to be revealed, it has been announced that Spence was severely injured after the accident and all efforts were made to save him.

Reportedly his family and loved ones have been informed of his death. At this time, Spence’s family has not released an official statement about his death. Instead, his former duet partner Katharine McPhee mourned the singer on her Instagram story.

“I received very tragic news tonight. Sweet Willie Spence 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,” she wrote.


Following her tribute, she shared Spence’s final Instagram video to her story, writing “he posted this right before his accident.”

Fans and other American Idol alum have shared their tributes in the comment section of this post. There’s no denying that Spence was a bright light in this sometimes dull world. It’s so sad to hear of him passing so young. We wish his family all the love in the world through this hard time.

Who Was Willie Spence?

Willie Spence rose to fame as part of season 19 of American Idol. The singer auditioned in San Diego, California, where he impressed the judges with his rendition of “Diamonds” by Rihanna. Throughout each round of the competition, it was clear that Spence had the “it” factor and was destined to become a star.


His impressive covers earned him America’s vote in each week of the competition. In the end of the season, Spence won second place behind Chayce Beckham. Following his time on the series, he released three singles and a six-track EP. He even won the Talent Recap Fan Choice Award for Favorite Contestant.

Spence’s last American Idol appearance took place during the landmark season celebration earlier this year. Within the special, he sang alongside fellow season 19 singer Grace Kinstler. Before Spence’s sudden death, he was set to perform alongside Lois Moodie, Emmanuel Smith, Loxton Mitchell, and Kieron Daniel in London on November 12.

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