American Idol alum CJ Harris has passed away at the age of 31

CJ Harris performs at American Idols Live!  2014 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on July 19, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“American Idol” alum CJ Harris, who competed in 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 had suffered a heart attack. An official cause of death has not been released.

In 2014, Harris performed the Allman Brothers’ “Soul Shine” at his audition, earning praise from then-judge Keith Urban who said, “You sing because you have to sing, not because you want to sing. And I mean that on 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. In 2019, he released his debut single ‘In Love’.

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