“[T]he rock ‘n’ soul singer and Australian heartthrob who was a fan favorite on Season 7 of Fox’s ‘American Idol’ has died,” reports USA Today. The singer, Michael Johns, was 35, the report says.
According to TMZ, “The singer’s death was caused by a blood clot in his ankle … sources tell us he had twisted his ankle earlier and was in a great amount of pain.”
The TMZ report adds, “Sources close to Michael Johns tell us he went to a doctor on Thursday to check out the pain he had been feeling in his ankle … the swelling and bruising had made their way up to his leg. Doctors didn’t find any problems, however — so they cleared him to go home.
“We’re told the next afternoon at his friend’s apartment … Johns’ body was found on the couch unresponsive. When paramedics arrived, he was already dead.”
Says the USA Today story, “Longtime ‘Idol’ judge Simon Cowell tweeted: ‘I just heard the very sad news that Michael Johns has passed away. A truly great guy. Rest in peace Michael.’”
“Johns is the first ‘Idol’ finalist to die since the Fox show launched in 2002,” USA Today says.
The newspaper adds, “In 2008, he finished eighth on the singing competition in a shocking elimination that was cited by producers as one of the reasons ‘Idol’ introduced the ‘judges’ save’ the following season.”
USA Today also says that Johns “is survived by his wife, Stacey Vuduris, a Los Angeles interior designer.”
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