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From TVLine.com:

--- Quote ---Michael Johns, American Idol Season 7 Finalist, Dead at 35

By Andy Swift / August 2 2014, 12:49 PM PDT

Australian singer-songwriter Michael Johns, best known for competing in American Idol‘s seventh season, has died. He was 35.

The news of his passing was confirmed Saturday afternoon by the administrator of his fan page:

    It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns. No other details will b avail at—
    Sedz (@SedzOz) August 02, 2014

    this time.Please respect the privacy of Mike's family and friends as we know u will.Members and admin of @mjohnsonline pass on their prayers—
    Sedz (@SedzOz) August 02, 2014


Though a cause of death has not been officially released, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Johns suffered a blood clot in his ankle.

Johns placed eighth during his Idol season before going on to release two studio albums, 2009’s Hold Back My Heart and 2012’s Love & Sex.

American Idol contestants of yore took to Twitter to express their condolences:

    I can't express how sad I am right now. Michael Johns, rest in sweet peace, my friend. You will be… instagram.com/p/rNWboMMOrq/—
    Melinda Doolittle (@mdoolittle) August 02, 2014
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As far as I know, Michael is the first AI finalist to pass in the show's history. Very sad news, indeed.

RIP. :( He was an inspiration on Season 7! :'(

Hard to believe he is gone. So sad, he was so young. RIP Michael

I believe he's the first AI contestant/finalist to pass away.

It's sad when all these reality stars go because... it's like part of our memories (and childhood for me) gone.

Hope his friends and family stay strong!

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