Keith Crisco, 71, the political opponent of “American Idol” star Clay Aiken in a close Democratic primary race in North Carolina, died Monday after sustaining injuries from a fall at his home, The Hollywood Reporter’s Idol Worship reports.
Crisco and Aiken were in a close race for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District when Crisco died, following last Tuesday’s election. The race was considered too close to call, although Aiken was leading by a few hundred votes. The candidates were awaiting word on how to proceed at the time of Crisco’s death, the story adds.
In a statement provided to THR, Aiken said: “I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death. Keith came from humble beginnings. No matter how high he rose — to Harvard, to the White House and to the Governor’s Cabinet — he never forgot where he came from."
Aiken said he is suspending his campaign activities “as we pray for his family and friends.”
A spokesman for the Asheboro City Council said Crisco had been in “really great health” and had no further details.