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Australian-Born American Idol Contestant Michael Johns Dead

Former American Idol Judges React to Michael Johns' Death

Singer Michael Johns died at the age of 35 on Friday. According to reports, the American Idol alum suffered a fatal blood clot in his ankle. "It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns," the administrator of his website tweeted. "Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend," his family said in a statement released on Saturday. "We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from all corners of the globe. Please keep Michael in your thoughts and respect our need to grieve privately in this difficult time." Meanwhile, former AI judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson took to Twitter to share their reactions to Michael's death.

The Australian-born singer-songwriter rose to fame during season seven of American Idol in 2008, during which he won fans over with memorable covers of Queen's "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." Michael placed eighth in the competition and went on to write and record music for himself and other artists. In honour of Michael, check out a video compilation of his best moments on AI below.

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