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

(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.

  (Chris Pizzello)
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