The Legacy of Thomas Wells: ‘X Factor’ Singer Who Died in Tragic Accident

Corey Cesare
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In early November, Talent Show veteran Thomas Wells suddenly died following a tragic workplace accident. He was only 46 years old at the time of his death, but never stopped chasing his singing dreams.


What Happened to Thomas Wells?

Thomas’s wife shared that the singer’s body got caught in a conveyor belt in a freak workplace accident. Once he got caught, the belt did not stop. Thomas had to be rushed to a nearby hospital in Idabel, OK. His wife said he was airlifted to a different hospital in Tyler, TX. A lack of oxygen to his brain caused many of his key organs to shut down at the hospital.

Thomas’s death was confirmed on November 26 when his wife, Jessica Wells, shared an emotional video to Facebook. The video caught many of his fans off guard because Jessica was in tears from the beginning. This five minute video explains the exact details of what occured from her point of view.

Throughout her time in the hospital with Thomas, Jessica and her family were praying to God, begging for Thomas’s recovery. Unfortunately he did not survive, but Jessica said she knows her husband is safe with God.


Thomas worked at a tire manufacturing plant and was married to Jessica for 17 years. Thomas’s wife described him as a “unique person who always had a smile on his face.” Throughout his life, Thomas strived to be center stage. He has credits for being on The X Factor, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, and The Winner is.

Out of all of the shows Thomas was on, he is most-known for his time on The X Factor. He competed in this competition in 2011 and auditioned in Dallas, TX. In his run on The X Factor, he made it all the way to the bootcamp portion of the competition. He later auditioned for The Four in 2017.

Thomas wasn’t afraid to put himself out there. He was known for posting song covers on his Facebook and YouTube pages. His last cover was posted on June 13, the song is “Midnight Cry,” a tune he sang in church. Thomas had auditioned for almost every show, but never gave up hope. He loved to sing and definitely wasn’t afraid to share it with the world.


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