‘American Idol’ runner-up killed in car crash at 23

The singer was traveling back to Atlanta from Tennessee
'American Idol' runner-up killed in car crash at 23
Image source: Instagram – @williespenceofficial

Singer Willie Spence, who finished in second place on Season 19 of American Idol in 2021, died in a car crash in Tennessee on Oct. 11. He was 23-years-old.

A family member said that Spence had a flat tire but allegedly got it fixed as he was coming home to Atlanta from Tennessee. Willie crashed into a semi-truck that was parked on the side of the road.

Willie posted a video of himself singing on the same day of the crash.


Willie is known for his amazing vocals on “American Idol,” singing songs such as “A Change is Gonna Come” and “Georgia on My Mind.” He made it all the way to finals and came in second place behind Chayce Beckham.

Many people offered their condolences and showed love to the singer on social media.


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