Willie Spence

Willie Spence's tragic death at age 23, The 'American Idol' judges discuss the tragic loss

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According to Douglas Now, a local newspaper in Tennessee, the Georgian was in the state at the time of the tragedy. He was 23.

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Singer Katharine McPhee, who carried out a duet with Spence throughout his Season 19 look, seemingly confirmed the information on her Instagram 

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Tributes have been given to Willie Spence, the runner-up of Season 19, who died in a vehicle tragedy 

Perry, 37, sent an effusive Instagram message to Spence on Wednesday, calling him the "purest soul" and declaring, "I love you, Willie. 

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Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie have paid tribute to Season 19 runner-up Willie Spence 

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American idol runner-up Willie Spence died due to a Car accident with a tractor. He was driving his JEEP on a Tennessee highway. 

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As for Richie, the 73-year-old musician wrote via Instagram that he was “blessed” to have met the late singer.  

McPhee, 38, also shared a video of Spence singing a Christian song in a car, right before the fatal accident.

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