Tragic breaking news for fans of American Idol as CJ Harris, a contest who made it to the top 6 in 2014, has been confirmed dead at the age of 31. How did this American Idol alum pass away at such a young age? Has his cause of death been revealed? Plus, what did he do after his time on the show? Keep reading for the details.
American Idol alum CJ Harris dead at 33: Cause of death
Sadly, a family member tells TMZ that American Idol alum CJ Harris’ cause of death was a heart attack. After suffering from a heart attack in Jasper, Alabama on Sunday night he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Sadly, he didn’t survive.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 American Idol star CJ Harris has died of a heart attack at age 31. pic.twitter.com/KMMWUQmJQV
— Brandon Taylor Moore (@LetsGoBrando45) January 16, 2023
His audition blew people away
CJ Harris’ audition back in 2017 in Salt Lake City was a memorable one as he blew the judges away while performing his version of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Soulshine.”
At the time Judge Keith Urban had these words for CJ: “You sing ’cause you have to sing, not ’cause you want to sing. And, I mean that in the deepest way. And, that’s why it’s so believable and real.”
You can watch his original audition in the video clip down below:
CJ went on to impress the judges and the viewers at home with powerful performances of “Too Close,” “American Woman,” and “Free Fallin’.” The judges ended up selecting him as a wild card during the semi-finals after he did not receive enough votes. CJ Harris made it to the top 6 before he was eliminated. Learn more about his road to Hollywood down below:
Following his American Idol journey, CJ had the opportunity to perform at The Grand Ole alongside Darius Rucker. Most agreed Darius had a huge influence on CJ’s style as a performer. CJ also performed for a few audiences during American Idol‘s Season 13 tour.
Tributes to CJ Harris are pouring in across social media as most agree he is gone far too soon and still had a lot of life left to live.
Rest in peace, CJ Harris.
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