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Noteworthy deaths

Singer, 2008 American Idol contestant

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This article was published August 4, 2014 at 3:02 a.m.

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- American Idol contestant Michael Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died. He was 35.

The network and his family released statements Saturday confirming the Australian-born singer's death.

His family said it appreciated the support streaming in from around the world but that the loss of "a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend" was devastating.

Fox called Johns "an incredible talent" and a part of the show's family who would be missed.

Johns had never been in the show's bottom three vote-getters when he was eliminated in April 2008. After Idol, he released an album, Hold Back My Heart, in 2009.

The Hollywood Reporter said Johns died Friday. A cause of death wasn't immediately available.

Metro on 08/04/2014

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