American Idol Alum Dead at 35
Aussie Michael Johns competed in 2008
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2014 10:12 AM CDT
   (Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Michael Johns, the Australian singer who appeared on the seventh season of American Idol, has died at the age of 35, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Johns was voted off the show in what the AP calls an "eighth-round stunner" in 2008, having never finished in the show's bottom three; Simon Cowell called him "a white soul singer." Johns' family lamented their lost "wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend;" Fox, meanwhile, saluted him as "an incredible talent" who will "truly be missed." The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle, notes the Reporter.

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Aug 3, 2014 9:44 PM CDT
I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Johns a few months ago at a small benefit event. He was the nicest guy you could imagine and we had a good 20 minute chat before he had to take the stage. This is very sad news. RIP.
Aug 3, 2014 4:39 PM CDT
It probably formed while waiting around on the set of America's lamest show...American Idol!
shona browne
Aug 3, 2014 11:29 AM CDT
"He died from a blood clot in his ankle." Who knew the ankles were vital to life. Excellent in depth reporting.