JASPER, Tenn. — A finalist on “American Idol” has died in a automobile crash in Tennessee.
Willie Spence, 23, died Tuesday after hitting the rear of a tractor-trailer that was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 24 East close to Chattanooga, in line with information retailers, which cited a Tennessee Freeway Patrol report.
Each drivers have been carrying seatbelts, and the truck driver wasn’t injured, the crash report stated.
Spence, who was from Georgia, completed in second place on season 19 of “American Idol” final yr.
The singing competitors present launched a press release on social media, saying Spence “was a real expertise who lit up each room he entered.”
“We’re devastated in regards to the passing of our beloved American Idol member of the family, Willie Spence,” the assertion reads. “We ship our condolences to his family members.”
Singer Luke Bryan, a choose on the present, stated Spence “may change the temper immediately when he began singing.”