We’re studying extra about American Idol alum Willie Spence‘s loss of life — and it’s much more tragic than we realized.
As we reported on Wednesday, the Georgia native unexpectedly died at simply 23 years outdated this week. On the time, stories didn’t present a lot data past indicating Spence had been in a automobile accident and later succumbed to his injures.
Now, there’s extra details about the sequence of occasions that took the younger singer’s life. In line with WJCL, Spence was driving on Interstate 24 going eastbound in Marion County, Tennessee east of Chattanooga on Tuesday afternoon. Sooner or later, in response to paperwork the outlet obtained from the Tennessee Freeway Patrol, Spence’s automobile “exited the roadway.” It’s unclear why — possibly he obtained distracted or fell asleep only for an prompt? It occurs on a regular basis.
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Sadly, there occurred a tractor-trailer truck parked on the shoulder of the freeway proper the place Spence had veered. The favored singer was sporting his seatbelt, the THP reported, however the collision with the again of the 18-wheeler was extreme. Whereas Spence didn’t survive, the outlet notes the driving force of the truck was not injured.
Now, the singer’s household, mates, and family members are working by means of their grief. Tony Paulk — the mayor of Spence’s hometown of Douglas, Georgia — spoke to the information outlet concerning the grief everybody on the town is carrying over the star’s premature and tragic loss of life. The mayor mentioned:
“Willie Spence was a really real and humble huge man. I feel that’s the influence that he left on the town of Douglas is who he was, a giant humble and beneficiant and big-hearted particular person.”
Amid Spence’s much-loved run to the American Idol season finale again in 2021, officers within the small city of Douglas introduced him with a key to the town. On the time, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp additionally declared the present’s finale week to be “Willie Spence Week” throughout the Peach State.
For now, Paulk mentioned the city is ready to honor Spence till they “hear from the household and what their needs are.” Within the meantime, the mayor is struggling to come back to grips with the heartbreaking occasion:
“To be taken in his early 20s, it’s simply unhappy.”
As we beforehand reported, the American Idol world has been mourning that reality, too.
The present’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts posted a touching assertion grieving Willie within the hours after his loss of life was first reported:
“We’re devastated concerning the passing of our beloved American Idol member of the family, Willie Spence. He was a real expertise who lit up each room he entered and might be deeply missed. We ship our condolences to his family members.”
Within the feedback, choose Katy Perry referred to as Spence the “purest soul,” and added:
“I like you Willie. … Sing with the angels my darling.”
Fellow present choose Lionel Richie added he was “blessed” to have met Spence, and shared:
“Your gentle will at all times shine on this world. My ideas and prayers are with Willie’s household. Relaxation properly my good friend.”
In the meantime, nation crooner and fellow Georgia native Luke Bryan tweeted his condolences following the terrible reveal:
“Willie actually did gentle up each room he walked into. He may change the temper immediately when he began singing. He’ll actually be missed.”
Willie actually did gentle up each room he walked into. He may change the temper immediately when he began singing. He’ll actually be missed. https://t.co/XTqm65UJu0
— Luke Bryan (@lukebryan) October 12, 2022
Heartbreaking… Right here’s extra on the loss of life of the “mild big,” as revered by his mourning family members:
So unhappy. We proceed to ship our like to Spence’s household and mates.
[Image via American Idol/YouTube]