‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Willie Spence Dead At 23

  • Singer Willie Spence, runner-up in Season 19 of “American Idol,” died on Tuesday at 23.
  • “I received tragic news tonight,” fellow “American Idol” singer Katharine McPhee posted to her Instagram Story video after discovering the news. “Sweet @williespenceofficial passed away in a car accident. Only 23 years old. Life is so unfair, and nothing is ever promised.”
  • Spence was known for impressing judges in 2021 during his audition for the hit show, singing Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”
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