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Dexter Roberts fever: 'American Idol' star opens up about tour departure

Dexter Roberts opens up about his departure from the "American Idol" tour.
Dexter Roberts opens up about his departure from the "American Idol" tour.
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Dexter Roberts' fever caused his departure from the "American Idol" early last month. The singer left the competition in seventh place, and he was on tour with the rest of this year's finalists when he started to become ill. People Magazine shared Dexter's explanation about his sudden departure from the tour on Aug. 3.

Doctors diagnosed Dexter with Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever. He contacted the possibly fatal disease after his time on "American Idol" ended earlier this year. He is now receiving treatment for the disease, and he is hoping for a full recovery. Dexter left the "Idol" tour on July 1. At the time of his departure from the tour, it was only stated that he was leaving because of "unknown illness." Before his departure, he performed during four shows of the tour. His departure started finds buzzing last month, especially since fans saw the singer looking healthy in his hometown after the departure.

To quiet down the rumors, Dexter decided to set things straight on his Facebook. He spoke out about the diagnosis, and he revealed to his fans when he thinks he contracted the illness. He said the following:

"After the American Idol finale show in May, I went on a turkey hunt in Kentucky. I found several ticks on me throughout the 4 day hunt, but that is nothing unusual for turkey hunting. Shortly after the American Idol tour started, I started having serve headaches, chest pains and muscle weakness on my left side, along with tremendous abdominal issues and shortness of breath."

Doctors tried to diagnose his illness while on tour, but it was only after he returned home that doctors were able to make the proper diagnose and start treatment. It is likely he will make a full recovery, but Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever can be fatal.

This is not the only news coming out of the world of "American Idol" this week. The series has now lost its first contestant to death. Season seven contestant, Michael Johns, died at the age of 35 on Aug. 1. Early reports stated that a blood clot was the cause of death, but now it is reported that the cause of death has not yet been determined. Authorities in California completed an autopsy on the singer, but results are not yet available. It is possible alcohol played a factor in his death.

However, his family is denying those reports. Johns' death was unexpected, and he did not have a drinking problem, according to his family. The results of the autopsy will take some time to process. Michael's family released the following statement after his death:

"Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. 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."

Michael was a fan favorite during his season of "Idol." He finished in eighth place. What do you think of this latest "American Idol" news? Are you a fan of Dexter Roberts or Michael Johns?

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