American Idol finalist dies in accident

An American Idol finalist has died in a car accident in the United States.

Illie Spence, 23, died Tuesday after hitting the rear of a semi-truck that was stopped on the shoulder near Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to news outlets citing a Tennessee Highway Patrol report.

Both drivers were buckled up and the driver of the trailer was not injured, according to the accident report.

Spence, who is from Georgia, took second place in the 19th season of American Idol last year.

The singing competition show released a statement saying Spence was “a true talent who lit up every room he walked in.”

“We are devastated by the passing of our beloved American Idol family member, Willie Spence,” the statement said. “We express our condolences to his family.” American Idol finalist dies in accident

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