1:38 AM EDT, August 3, 2014
Singer and "American Idol" finalist Michael Johns has died at the age of 35, the music program said on Saturday. No official cause of death was given.
The Australian-born singer finished eighth on Season 7 of the popular music program, according to a report on his death by People Magazine. He then wrote songs for films, documentaries and other artists, according to People.
The Hollywood Reporter said it was believed Johns died as a result of a blood clot that originated in his ankle.
"Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing," said a statement from the Fox network and American Idol on the program's official Facebook page. "He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed."
Johns, whose Facebook page indicated he lived in Los Angeles, leaves behind his wife, Stacey Vuduris.
"Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend," said a family statement released via "American Idol," Fox, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. "We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from all corners of the globe. Please keep Michael in your thoughts and respect our need to grieve privately in this difficult time."
Johns continued his music career after "American Idol" and was working on a new song in early July, according to messages on his Twitter feed.
A number of former "American Idol" stars expressed their emotions about Johns' death on Twitter. Former "Idol" contestant Katie Stevens said she was "devastated," and fifth-season winner Taylor Hicks said Johns would be missed.
Johns originally came to the U.S. on a tennis scholarship, according to an interview he gave to Billboard in 2008. He said he had once dreamed of winning Wimbledon. Johns had fans in the tennis world, too, and on Saturday, well-known tennis players also expressed their condolences on Twitter. Mike Bryan, an American doubles player, tweeted "Love you Michael Johns. Unbelievable talent and even better human being. Thanks for the good times. We're all gonna miss you. RIP my man."
Los Angeles Times contributed
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