G. McConway
October 13, 2022

AI Season 19 Runner-up Killed in Car Crash

Willie Spence did not win American Idol, but he still had a huge following.

The big man had a big voice, and fans absolutely loved him.

Sadly, at only 23, he is gone.

One More Song

Spence was killed in a horrific accident on Tuesday in Jasper, TN.

Early reports from the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated a tractor trailer was on the shoulder of I-24E at mile marker 147.

Spence, for some reason, left the roadway and ran right into the rear of the truck.

Lt. Bobby Clevenger stated, "He hit the back of the tractor-trailer. The medical examiner was called from the scene… it was DOA at the scene.”

The driver of the truck was uninjured in the accident.

Spence was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

The only solace for fans was that just hours before Spence was killed, he had posted a video on Instagram of one last song...

American Idol posted a tribute, stating, "We are devastated about the passing of our beloved American Idol family member, Willie Spence.

“He was a true talent who lit up every room he entered and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to his loved ones.”

Spence blew the judges away during his audition for Season 19 (2021) of American Idol...


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His career was just blossoming, with an upcoming concert in London on November 12.

Rest in peace, Willie, your fans will miss you.

Source: Fox News

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