The shocking details surrounding runner-up on ‘American Idol’ Willie Spence fatal car accident been detected.
The late singer was driving on Interstate 24 East in Marion County, Tennessee, on Tuesday afternoon when he got off the highway but hit a trailer that was parked on the shoulder, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports (Per WJCL22 from ABC).
The report said Spence, who was wearing a seat belt, did not survive the accident, but the trailer driver was unhurt.
Page Six reached out to the Tennessee Highway Patrol for the report.
American Idol issued a mourning statement after news of the 23-year-old’s death broke out on Wednesday.
“We are shocked by the passing of beloved ‘American Idol’ family member Willie Spence,” the singing competition program said in a statement. Via Twitter. “He was a true talent who lit up every room he entered and he will be sorely missed. We send our condolences to his loved ones.”
Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie later Salute to the season 19 competitor.
Perry, 37, called Spence “the purest soul” in a comment on Instagram on Wednesday, gushing, “I love you, Willie. … sing with the angels darling.”
Meanwhile, Brian, 46, tweeted, “Willy has really lit up every room he enters. He can instantly change the mood when he starts singing. I’ll really miss him.”
For his part, Ritchie, 73, gushed that he was “blessed” to meet Spence.
“Your light will always shine in this world,” the “Hello” singer wrote. “My thoughts and prayers are with the Willy family. Rest well my friend.”
Although Perry, Ritchie and Brian were impressed with his performances, Spence finished second after failing to get enough votes, while Chase Beckham became the 2021 American Idol.