It is with great sadness to say that former American Idol contestant Michael Johns has died from an apparent blood clot. E!NEWS is confirming that the singer, only 35, died on Friday.
His manager released this statement on twitter, “It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns. No other details will b avail at this time. Please respect the privacy of Mike's family and friends as we know u will."
A close friend to Michael, Torrey Gimbill, revealed to E!News that Michael had been complaining of pains in his legs a few days before his sudden death, “My mom took him into the emergency room [Thursday]. He had complained about his leg hurting him, he thought it might be a blood clot because it had bruised pretty badly and he never hurt his leg."
He came in eight on the 2008 season that featured David Archuleta and David Cook as the two finalists with Cook taking home the grand prize.
Multiple friends have taken to twitter to express their grief Melinda Doolittle tweeted, “I can't express how sad I am right now. Michael Johns, rest in sweet peace, my friend. You will be…” with an picture of the two. Former Idol winner Taylor Hicks also shared his grief via twitter, “@michael_johns you will be missed my friend. RIP.”
Michael had apparently been working in the studio prior to his untimely death he tweeted last month, “Headed to the studio to work on new song called 'Reckless' been waiting a long time for this one.”
Our thoughts and support go out to Michael Johns friends, family, and the entire American Idol family as they deal with this tragic loss. This is another instance of a talented artist, gone far too soon.