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It has been confirmed that a former “American Idol” contestant has died suddenly at 31 due to an apparent heart attack.
It’s been reported that Harris was rushed to a hospital via ambulance, but that he was unable to be resuscitated and did not survive the medical episode.
American Idol Alum, CJ Harris, died suddenly after an apparent heart attack last night in Jasper, Alabama. He was taken to the local hospital by ambulance, but they were unable to resuscitate him. He was only 31. pic.twitter.com/PNssOA4HK9
— TexasLindsay™ (@TexasLindsay_) January 16, 2023
As part of his affiliation with “Idol”, he released six singles, and in 2019 released his original song “In Love”.
Since news of his passing broke, many have taken to social media platforms to express their condolences for Harris’s family and friends.
His former co-star Caleb Johnson tweeted “Absolutely tragic. you were taken from us way to soon.” He concluded, “Love you brother.”
— Caleb Perry Johnson (@CalebJohnson) January 16, 2023
Other tributes poured in from fans around the world who watched him on “American Idol”, expressing love for his music and kind spirit.
As with other recent deaths, some conservatives have questioned why the seemingly healthy musician died of heart troubles at a relatively young age.
I’m old enough to remember when people in their early 30s didn’t regularly die from heart attacks
May God bless and comfort CJ Harris’ family🙏🏻 https://t.co/xYRuXKW78X
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) January 16, 2023
CJ Harris, 31, A former American Idol contestant in 2014 who made it to the top 6, suffered an apparent heart attack in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama. He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Must be climate change 🙄 pic.twitter.com/SQl57xLfYw
— Lisa Marie (@Lisamarie1577) January 16, 2023
Harris was born on January 28, 1991 in Jasper and began singing at a young age. He auditioned for season 13 of “American Idol” back in 2014 and wowed judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.
Harris made it all the way to the Top 10 before he was eliminated from competition, finishing in sixth place.