American Idol Contestant CJ Harris, 31, Dies from an Apparent Heart Attack


    American Idol contestant CJ Harris passed away on Sunday at the age of 31.

    According to TMZ, the singer is believed to have suffered a heart attack and was taken by ambulance to Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, Alabama.

    When they arrived at the emergency room, the performer, whose full name was Curtis “CJ” Harris, was declared dead, according to the media outlet, which cited family members as sources.

    The singer appeared on the reality TV show in 2014 and made it into the list of the top six performers.

    The Daily Mail reported he auditioned first in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and then in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    The talented performer rose to fame after appearing on FOX's American Idol in 2014, when the judges were awestruck by his electric rendition of the Allman Brothers Band's hit song “Soulshine.”

    Judge Keith Urban told the star, “You sing because you have to sing, not ’cause you want to sing. And I mean that in the deepest way. And that’s why it’s so believable and real.”

    A fellow judge, Jennifer Lopez, told CJ she “really liked” his performance. 

    Harry Connick Jr. said, “There's something about the entirety of what you are, it's really a vibe that you have that was very pleasant.”


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