In shocking news over the weekend, former “American Idol” contestant, Michael Johns, passed away unexpectedly. Initial reports immediately blamed Johns’ untimely death on a blood clot in his ankle, but MTV.com reported today, Aug. 5, that the autopsy performed on Johns came back inconclusive. As a result, the Coroner’s office is now deferring the cause of death until the toxicology results come back.
TMZ has speculated that the inconclusive autopsy results could suggest there was more to Johns’ passing than just the blood clot. They reported Johns went to see his doctor after suffering a sprained ankle just one day prior to his death on Friday. Because the swelling had gone all the way up to Johns’ knee, it is thought the doctor would more than likely have prescribed pain medication to ease the pain.
As for why Johns passed away, toxicology reports should reveal more details. In the meantime, TMZ has presented two theories. Johns may have been suffering from a condition called deep vein thrombosis, which results when a blood clot forms deep inside the body. They also suggested alcohol or drugs may have played a role, if either were mixed with pain medication that was probably prescribed by the doctor Johns saw.
Michael Johns finished in eighth place during the seventh season of “American Idol.” Originally from Australia, Johns was always a favorite among fans and continued to pursue a career in music even after he was eliminated from the show. He was back in the studio as recently as July 10, according to his official Twitter page. Johns shared with fans he was working on a song called “Reckless,” which he explained he had been waiting a long time for.
Michael Johns’ “Idol” family shared their grief and condolences as soon as the news broke Saturday. Even “American Idol” itself released a statement regarding his passing on their website:
Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.
Regardless of what the toxicology results come back with, it is clear Michael Johns will be terribly missed. Michael was just 35 years old.