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American Idol’s Star CJ Harris’ Cause of Sudden Death Revealed

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American Idol alum who came to fame as Season 13’s sixth place finisher, CJ Harris’ cause of death was revealed soon after the star passed away on Sunday (January 15, 2023), at the young age of 31.

May he rest in power; we send our deepest sympathies to his friends, family, and loved ones in this difficult period.

Harris, who made the top 6 and went on to continue performing after his time on the show, reportedly suffered a heart attack Sunday in Jasper and later took his last breath, a family member informed the outlet.

American Idol's Star CJ Harris' Cause of Sudden Death Revealed

Harris, who performed alongside Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker during his time on “American Idol,” was still performing until his death, having played the Frog Level Festival in Fayette back in October. In fact, he was still active on social media until his death.

“Happy New Years,” Harris wrote in one of his last posts on his Facebook page on Jan. 1. “New music coming soon.”

Harris was 22 years old when he first auditioned for “American Idol,” performing a rendition of The Allman Brothers Band song “Soulshine.” He became known for his renditions of Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble,” John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin.”

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CJ Harris’ Cause of Death Was Reported As A Heart Attack

TMZ, which first confirmed the news, revealed CJ Harris’ cause of death, announcing that he was transported to a hospital in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama after suffering a heart attack. He lost his life shortly thereafter.

Harris performed Allman Brothers Band’s “Soulshine” during his Salt Lake City-based Idol audition in 2014 (watch it here), wowing then-judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban.

“You sing because you have to sing, not because you want to sing,” Urban said at the time, adding, “And I mean that in the deepest way… That’s why it’s so believable and real.”

American Idol's Star CJ Harris' Cause of Sudden Death Revealed

In an interview with TVLine shortly after his elimination from the then-Fox reality phenom, Harris admitted that he faced myriad challenges during his stint on the show, including transitioning from solo acoustic sets to a massive stage and a booming house band and avoiding psyching himself out before taking the stage.


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