American Idol contestant Michael Johns has died at the age of 35. Fox network and his family released statements confirming the Australian-born singer’s death last August 1. Johns family appreciated all the support streaming in from around the world yet, the loss of “a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend” was devastating. It was believed that Johns death was a result of a blood clot that originated in his ankle.

Michael Johns Dies

American Idol singer Michael Johns dies at 35.

Michael Johns, who was never been in the show’s bottom three ended up as an eighth-round stunner in season 7 of the singing competition “American Idol.” He was born in Perth and appeared as “The Coachman” in Pinocchio at the Regal Theatre. He was a choir singer in “Anything Goes at His Majesty’s Theatre” when he was teenager. He attended Newman College in Perth. In 1997, when he was 18, he moved to the United States on a tennis scholarship and majored in drama at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, before dropping out after two quarters. He also briefly played Australian rules football for the USAFL club Atlanta Kookaburras in 2001-2002.

After Michael Johns finished eighth on Season 7 of “American Idol”, he released “Heart on My Sleeve,” the lead single from the album “Hold Back My Heart” in 2009. The song debuted on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart at number 27. The said album was released on 23 June 2009, and debuted at number 97 on the Billboard 200 with 5,000 copies sold. It has sold 20,000 copies as of January 2010. In 2012, Johns released Love and Sex, a three-song EP. He also appeared in a 2012 episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And he then wrote songs for films, documentaries and other artists.

On August 4, 2014, an autopsy was done on Michael Johns’ body and it was reported that toxicology results were pending.

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