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‘American Idol’ Finalist Michael Johns Dies at 35 From a Blood Clot

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Michael Johns, a Top 10 finalist and fan favorite of American Idol Season Seven, has died at age 35.

“Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend,” said a family statement released via American Idol, Fox, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. “We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from all corners of the globe. Please keep Michael in your thoughts and respect our need to grieve privately in this difficult time.”

An official cause-of-death has not been issued, but sources told The Hollywood Reporter that it was likely a pulmonary embolism as a result of a blood clot in his ankle. Johns was apparently complaining of pain in his legs the day before he died, according to E! News.

“My mom took him into the emergency room [Thursday],” said Johns’ friend, Torrey Gimbill, to E!. “He had complained about his leg hurting him; he thought it might be a blood clot because it had bruised pretty badly and he never hurt his leg.”

Confirmation of the news was issued on Johns’ Twitter account:

“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 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.”

American Idol also issued a statement Saturday, mourning the passing of the Australian crooner:

“Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Fellow Idol performers and fans of the late singer have taken to Twitter to express their grief.


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Post by Brooke White.

Johns leaves behind his wife of seven years, Stacey Vuduris.

Image via Michael Johns, Twitter

‘American Idol’ Finalist Michael Johns Dies at 35 From a Blood Clot
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