American Idol 19 runner-up Willie Spence died at 23 Breaking New: American Idol 19 runner-up Willie Spence died at 23 in Car Accident from injuries sustained in a car accident.. During the Season 19 finale, Spence sang “Georgia at the forefront of My Thoughts,” “A Change Will Come” and “Stand Up.” However the appointed authorities were moved by his presentation, Spence got less votes than Chayce Beckham, who turned into the American Symbol.
“We are crushed about the death of our cherished ‘American Icon’ relative, Willie Spence,” the show said in a proclamation by means of Twitter. “He was a genuine ability who illuminated each room he entered and will be profoundly missed. We send our sympathies to his friends and family.”
Katharine McPhee, who played out a two part harmony with Spence during his Season 19 appearance, posted recordings grieving him on her Instagram Story.