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  • 4 August 2014, 4:11

'Incredible Talent': American Idol Singer Dies

A former contestant in the TV singing competition American Idol has died at the age of 35.

Michael Johns was a finalist in the seventh series of the Fox music show and finished eighth after being knocked out in April 2008.

The Australian-born singer died on Friday and his family said the loss of "a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend" was devastating.

Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell was among those who also paid tribute to Johns.

He tweeted: "I just heard the very sad news that Michael Johns has passed away. A truly great guy. Rest in peace Michael."

Another ex-judge Paula Abdul tweeted: "Heartfelt condolences to the family of @michael_johns from @AmericanIdol season 7. He will be missed.#RIPMichaelJohns

"I'm heartbroken over the loss of @michael_johns. His enormous talent, gigantic heart & infectious personality will live in my heart forever."

Fox said: "Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing.

"He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."

After the show, Johns released an album, Hold Back My Heart, in 2009.

His cause of death has not been revealed but the Hollywood Reporter said he suffered a blood clot in his ankle.

TMZ said he had twisted his ankle and it appeared it triggered the clot.

Johns leaves behind his wife, Stacey. The couple met in West Hollywood in 2003 and married four years later.

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