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The truth revealed about late American Idol runner-up Willie Spence & his death

American Idol runner-up Willie Spence has died in a Tennessee car accident at age 23.

More than a year after his stint on the show, it was announced Willie Spence died as his fellow American Idol alumni paid tribute to his memory.

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American Idol Willie Spence dead at 23

Who is Willie Spence?

On February 14, 2021, Willie Spence began competing on season 19 of American Idol.

During his time on the reality program, Willie was one of the top two finalists.

When the finale aired on Sunday, May 23, the singer finished in second place as Chayce Beckham was crowned the winner of season 19.

Regarding his Idol stardom, Willie reflected on his popularity and his future goals within the music industry.

He shared with FOX’s local Georgia affiliate WFXL: “I’m doing this for my family and I’m also doing this for my supporters.

“I don’t like calling them the fans. I like calling them my supporters because that’s what they’re doing. They’re supporting me.

“If I don’t win, I still want to continue with my music and my career.”

The performer added: “I want to continue recording hopefully go on tour one day and be able to sell my music.

“Like I said at my audition, hopefully, be able to win a GRAMMY one day.”

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Willie Spence cause of death

On October 12, 2022, it was revealed that Willie died in a car accident on Tuesday, October 11 at the age of 23.

As the news of the former Idol contestant’s death circulated, his fellow alumni took to social media to remember the young star’s life.

Season five runner-up Katharine McPhee commented on Instagram: “I received very tragic news tonight. Sweet @williespenceofficial passed away in a car accident.

“Only 23 years old. Life is so unfair and nothing is ever promised.

“God rest your soul Willie. It was a pleasure to sing with you and to know you.”

Midnight in the Switchgrass director Randall Emmett chimed in and posted: “My heart is broken and my prayers go out to his family.

“I was lucky to have him sing for me live at my home and other events, I will miss you my friend. I know you touched so many of us. I’m heartbroken.”

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