Woke up to this horrible news today

The Hollywood Reporter reports that American Idol alumni Michael Johns, 35, died from a blood clot from his ankle. Reports are still hazy on the details, but multiple sources have already confirmed his death.

Michael joined AI Season 7, and he was one of the best voices in the history of the competition, as far as my opinion is concerned. Here’s his audition video:

Michael was one of my favorites in Season 7 back when I still religiously followed AI. I was totally bummed he only finished eighth, but glad other people in the music industry took notice of his great, great talent. I wish he could’ve done more, though. I never get tired of listening to this performance:

Rest in peace, Michael.

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