https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/former-american-idol-contestant-dies-suddenly-31-suffering-apparent-heart-attack/

A former American Idol contestant in 2014 who made it to the top 6, has died suddenly on Sunday.

CJ Harris, 31, suffered an apparent heart attack in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama, TMZ reported.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Daily Mail reported:

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The singer performed on the reality TV show in 2014, making it to the top six. He subsequently struck up a friendship with Darius Rucker who became his mentor.

Harris auditioned for The X-Factor and The Voice but was not successful so he turned his attention to American Idol where he made a big impression on the 13th season.

He auditioned first in Tuscaloosa then in Salt Lake City Utah in 2014.

Harris impressed judges with his rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s Soulshine.

Judge Keith Urban told CJ, ‘You sing ’cause you have to sing, not ’cause you want to sing. And, I mean that in the deepest way. And, that’s why it’s so believable and real.’

Then he sang Too Close, American Woman, and Free Fallin’.

He made it all the way to sixth place.

Following the news of his passing, tributes flooded in on social media.

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