'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Has Died

michael johns american idolBack in 2008, during season 7 of American Idol, there was a contestant named Michael Johns. (David Cook was crowned American Idol that year.) Johns was talented and charming and Australian and handsome. I'm sad to report that Michael has passed away at the very young age of 35.

The reports are saying that the singer, who was recently in the studio working on songs, had a blood clot in his ankle.

Michael came in 8th place when he was on Idol. He released an album in 2009 called Hold Back My Heart and also an EP in 2012 titled Love and Sex. Michael was married to Stacey Vuduris -- my condolences to her and his family, including his American Idol family. It's so very sad, and the first death in the Idol family.

Simon Cowell tweeted:

I just heard the very sad news that Michael Johns has passed away. A truly great guy. Rest in peace Michael.

When a person so young dies, it can be very confusing. We ask why -- question everything. A blood clot can be deadly. There are more questions than answers right now surrounding his death, and I'm sure more news will emerge. For now, hug your loved ones. And think positive thoughts for those who have lost those they love.

Do you remember Michael from Idol?


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justi... justinsmom731

I am very sad to hear of the death of Michael Johns.  I watched American Idol that season and was shocked when he was eliminated.  I thought he had an amazing voice, so soulful and was so humble.

RIP Michael, my thoughts go out to you and your family at this horrific time.

nonmember avatar Steph

I wasn't sure if this was real or not. I use to watch american idol. On that season, he was one of my favs. This is very Sad! Michael Rest in Peace.

justj123 justj123

RIP Michael Yes I do remember him. He was very handsome and very talented. He will be missed by many people!

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