Willie Spence dead: American Idol star dies at 23 

Tributes have been pouring in for American Idol runner-up Willie Spence who died on Tuesday at the age of 23 after sustaining injuries in a tragic car accident in Tennessee

Katharine McPhee, who performed a duet with Spence during his season 19 appearance, shared the sad news on her Instagram Story. “I received very tragic news tonight,” she wrote above a video of her and Spence. “Sweet @williespenceofficial passed away in a car accident. Only 23 years old. Life is so unfair and nothing is ever promised.

American Idol runner-up Willie Spence has died. According to local reports, the 23-year-old reality star was involved in a car accident in Tennessee and died from his injuries. The tragic news comes just one year after his final appearance on American Idol.

Katharine added a series of broken-heart emojis and shared the last video Willie had posted, which shows him singing a Christian song in a car. She added: “He posted this right before the accident,” with a crying face emoji. Fans have already flooded the post with comments, mourning Willie’s tragic accident. One person wrote: “Omg I am so at a loss for words. Not you Willie! Wow… Rest in Paradise, king.” Another said: “Wow ! Rest easy bro,” with a third fan adding: “Wowww my heart really hurts! May you rest in paradise Willie. Such a star! And a sweet soul! You will be missed!”

During the season 19 finale of American Idol, Willie sang Georgia on My Mind, A Change is Gonna Come and Stand Up.