"American Idol" star Willie Spence died at the age of 23 in a car accident in Tennessee on Tuesday.
The Season 19 runner-up was mourned by a variety of outlets regarding the tragic news.
— nicole borremans (@nickyemelie) October 13, 2022
"I received very tragic news tonight. Sweet [Willie Spence] passed away in a car accident. Only 23 years old. Life is so unfair and nothing is ever promised," Katharine McPhee, who sang a duet with Spence on "American Idol," wrote, according to Page Six.
"God rest your soul Willie. It was a pleasure to sing with you and to know you," she added.
We are devastated about the passing of our beloved American Idol family member, Willie Spence. He was a true talent who lit up every room he entered and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/QWrWqf7qQN
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) October 12, 2022
His death also came after a song in which he sang praise to God, with many noting he sang his way to heaven.
The young star's loss is a tragic one, with tributes pouring out across social media as the news regarding Spence is discovered.