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‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Willie Spence Dies at 23, Cause of Death Revealed

The American Idol contestant Willie Spence is no longer with us! The Season 19 runner-up passed away at the age of 23. Douglas Now Local news was one of the very first media publications to share the sad news of Willie’s death.

The media outlet has reported that the youngster was in Tennessee at the time of his passing. Continue reading further to learn the main reason behind the death of the singer Willie Spence.

What was the cause behind the death of Willie Spence?

As per Douglas Now Local news, the American Idol contestant Willie Spence got involved in a car crash in Tennessee and incurred some injuries due to the same. At the end of the day, he couldn’t make it out alive.

The media outlet also put out a statement regarding Willie’s death on the social media platform Facebook. They wrote, “We have no further details at this time. We extend our condolences to Willie’s family, friends, and fans. He was an extraordinary talent and a ray of light to millions across the world. He will be missed.”

The singer passed away at the age of 23. As of this moment, his family has not issued a statement to confirm his passing. This must be a difficult time for all friends and family of Willie.

Before his death, Willie posted a video of himself singing in a car on the social media platform Instagram. He simply captioned the post, “Lord you are my hiding place”🎤🥺..”

Willie’s close friend K Michelle confirmed the news of his death

Yes, you read that right. Spence’s friend K Michelle took to social media and paid a heartfelt tribute to him. She shared a couple of videos and photos of the two of them spending time together on her Instagram feed.

Michelle wrote, “Honestly, i’m in shock. I’m in tears. My lord Willie. One of my favorite rebels, you just dm last week about my new single. It’s been years of you loving me and me loving you.

She went on to say, “I was so happy that the world got to experience that amazing gift you have. I’m really just done for tonight. This one hurts really bad! God why! R.I.p my baby🙏🏽😢 @williespenceofficial I will always love your friend❤️.”

Tributes pour in for Willie Spence

Since the time, the news of Willie Spence’s death came out, social media has been filled with messages of condolence. The fans and friends of the singer are shocked by his sudden passing away.

Liamani Segura wrote, “Fly and sing with the angels and dance amongst the stars friend! RIH 🥺🕊️✨,” meanwhile Ty Gibson further added, “Omg I am so at a loss for words. Not you Willie! 💔💔💔 Wow… 😭🕊️ Rest in Paradise, king 😔.”

Katharine McPhee Foster commented, “You’re with Jesus now. God bless you. Thankful for the time we had.” Hunter Metts penned, “At a lost for words – My heart is broken. Thankful for the time and experiences we shared. Rest in peace Willie.”

We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family members of Willie Spence during this hard time. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


  1. Memory Eternal!!! My thoughts and prayers are with family, friends,and fellow colleagues in the music industry. You will never be forgotten Willie.

  2. My soul say yes Lord. This is a person I was following when he was on American Idol. The voice of yours wss amazing. We love you but God Loves you the most. He wants you there to sing his glory. We will miss the journey that GOD had for you. He never makes mistake. Lord help us to understand your will not ours. May God bless the family in Jesus name AMEN AMEN

  3. I’m so sad to hear this news. I met Willie in 2019 when he came to my Mothers house in West Palm beach FL to help during her during her time of need battling cancer. He was a health care worker before his Idol appearance. From the moment he spoke I knew he was an Angel. Such a kind young man. I felt very comfortable with him caring for my Mom. My condolences to his family and his friends. I’ll never forget you Willie.Rest in peace my friend.


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