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‘American Idol’ C.J. Harris died at 31

‘American Idol’ C.J. Harris died at 31

American Idol alum C.J. Harris, who placed sixth on the show’s 13th season in 2014, has died at 31.

A spokesperson for the Walker County Coroner confirms that Harris died on Sunday after he was rushed to the Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, Alabama. CPR efforts were unsuccessful.

At this time, they believe his cause of death was possibly a heart attack.

Harris, born on Jan. 28, 1991, auditioned in Salt Lake City for his season of the singing competition show. After singing “Soulshine” by The Allman Brothers, all three judges on the panel, including Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., voted “yes,” moving him to the next round.

“C.J. Harris was an incredible talent, and the news of his passing deeply saddens us,” American Idol wrote on its Instagram Story. “He will be truly missed.”

In 2014, the singer told The Hollywood Reporter that his grandfather was part of what inspired him to get involved with music. “When I was a little older, my granddad gave me a guitar,” he said. “He had one in the shed and it had three strings on it. He said I didn’t need to buy a whole new set of strings. So I would tune it in a way that when I strummed it, it sounded like it’s in a key of whatever. I find different sounds. I just love music so I really try to find a sound that I really like and just play it. I know that’s weird, but that’s what I do.”
Growing up, he was influenced by Usher and Keith Sweat, saying, “In high school, I got into country music and blues and rock music.” He also added that “Darius Rucker has really influenced me in so many ways.”

Harris also auditioned for Idol once before, in 2010, but told THR that he never made it past the first round. He had also auditioned for The X-Factor and The Voice.

After deciding he was “going to give it another chance,” the singer ended up finishing in sixth place on American Idol. After the show, he went on to release his debut single, “In Love,” in 2019.

Harris — who was a father of two — told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 that he first auditioned for Idol in 2010 but didn’t make it past the first round, and also unsuccessfully tried out for The X-Factor and The Voice.

“I was always on the internet, trying to find a break, looking for which producers I could send my stuff to. I searched for American Idol and I saw they were doing the bus tour and they were going to be 30 minutes down the road from me,” he recalled. “I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to give it another chance. I’ve gotten so much better, my voice has matured and my playing has gotten so much better.”

This article was reported by People and Hollywood.