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‘American Idol’ Star CJ Harris dies suddenly at 31

CJ Harris, a former “American Idol” semi-finalist who appeared on Season 13, has died suddenly at 31.

 

The pop star had reportedly had a heart attack in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama on Sunday, sources tell TMZ. He was subsequently rushed to the hospital, but perished shortly thereafter.

 

Harris had memorably auditioned for the Fox talent show in 2014, bringing the house down with an electrifying performance of the Allman Brothers hit “Soulshine.”

 

 

Judge Keith Urban had told the aspiring vocalist: “You sing because you have to sing, not ’cause you want to sing.”

“And I mean that in the deepest way,” the country star added. “And that’s why it’s so believable and real.”

CJ Harris at 23.
CJ Harris at 23.
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The singer also performed other hit covers on the show, including “Too Close,” “American Woman,” and “Free Fallin.’”

Harris was selected wild card in the semi-finals after not receiving enough votes. He made it all the way to the top 6 before getting eliminated.

 

 

Harris saw success after his “Idol” stint, notably performing at The Grand Ole Opry with Darius Rucker, whom he credited for influencing his style.

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