'American Idol' Star Michael Johns Dead at Age 35 From Reported Routine Injury
Michael Johns, best known for his time on Fox's hit singing show "American Idol" has died at the age of 35. Johns died reportedly due to a blood clot in his ankle, which is typically a routine injury and can be be contained which adds to the tragic nature of the story.
The singer's family released this statement: "Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from all corners of the globe. Please keep Michael in your thoughts and respect our need to grieve privately in this difficult time."
Former Idol judge Simon Cowell tweeted, "A truly great guy. Rest in peace Michael," while fellow Idol veteran Randy Jackson wrote, "So Sad. Too soon. Thank you for sharing your talents with us." Fellow Idol contestant alum Melinda Doolittle wrote on Instagram, "I can't express how sad I am right now. Michael Johns, rest in sweet peace, my friend. You will be greatly missed."
"Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing," the show said in a statement on its Facebook page. "He was a part of our AMERICAN IDOL family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."
Johns is the first "American Idol" contestant finalist to pass away since the show launched in 2002. He released an album in 2009 titled Hold Back My Heart, then a 2012 EP called Love & Sex.