We have an update on the tragic passing of CJ Harris.
As previously reported, the American Idol alum, who finished sixth in 2014, was taken to a hospital in Alabama this Sunday and was pronounced dead by doctors shortly thereafter.
He was only 31 years old.
We can now confirm that, based on information passed on by a spokesperson for the Walker County Coroner on Thursday. Harris died of a heart attack.
After reaching the semifinals of American Idol years ago thanks to her soulful take on Southern rock classics “Soulshine” and “Can’t You See,” Harris dropped out on April 24, 2014. bottom.
(The winner of the season was Caleb Johnson.)
“CJ Harris was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by his passing. He will be truly missed,” American Idol said in a statement earlier this week on social media. announced.
Following her impressive streak on American Idol, Harris continued her music career, releasing her debut single in 2019 with the song “In Love.”
“I’ve been on the internet all the time, trying to find time off and looking for producers to send me my work.
Harris told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014, “I searched for American Idol and saw they were doing a bus tour and they were going to be half an hour ahead of me.” Factor and The Voice.
“I said, ‘You know what?
After CJ passed away, many former Idol contestants paid tribute to Harris via social media.
Season 13 contestant Jessica Mews wrote on Instagram:
I am grateful that our paths crossed and I can say that you were (and always will be) a part of me.
“There are so many things I don’t understand, and your leaving us so soon is one of them.”
Johnson also posted his thoughts on Harris’ death on Instagram, writing that the news was “very painful” while reflecting on his time as roommates for Hollywood Week.
“We quickly became friends and formed a brotherhood with @realalexpreston @samwoolfmusic,” said the former champion.
“I have so many wonderful memories and experiences with CJ! Life is so fragile! I am so grateful that our lives were able to meet in this lifetime.
“You were a beautiful and kind soul who always lit up the room with your smile and laughter.
“I love my brother who will soon be taken away from us! RIP until we meet again.”