Former ‘American Idol’ contestant C.J. Harris dies at 31

Written by on January 18, 2023

(MSN) – “American Idol” alum C.J. Harris, who competed on Season 13 and placed sixth overall, died Sunday at age 31 following a medical emergency, a spokesperson for the Walker County Coroner confirmed to USA TODAY.

TMZ first reported the news, with a family member telling the outlet that Harris suffered a heart attack. An official cause of death has not been released.

In 2014, Harris performed the Allman Brothers’ “Soul Shine” in his audition, garnering praise from then-judge Keith Urban who said, “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.” Harris went on to sing songs including John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change,” Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” and Darius Rucker’s “Radio” before finishing in sixth place. He released his debut single, “In Love,” in 2019.

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