Willie Spence's tragic death at age 23, The 'American Idol' judges discuss the tragic loss
Singer Katharine McPhee, who carried out a duet with Spence throughout his Season 19 look, seemingly confirmed the information on her Instagram
Perry, 37, sent an effusive Instagram message to Spence on Wednesday, calling him the "purest soul" and declaring, "I love you, Willie.
American idol runner-up Willie Spence died due to a Car accident with a tractor. He was driving his JEEP on a Tennessee highway.
As for Richie, the 73-year-old musician wrote via Instagram that he was “blessed” to have met the late singer.