MICHAEL Johns, the rock 'n' soul singer and Australian heartthrob who was a fan favourite on Season 7 of Fox's American Idol, has died.
The Hollywood Reporter and other news outlets say Johns, 35, died Friday from a blood clot in his ankle.
"Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle and friend," the singer's family said in a statement Saturday. "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."
Johns is the first Idol finalist to die since the Fox show launched in 2002.
In 2008, he finished eighth on the singing competition in a shocking elimination that was cited by producers as one of the reasons Idol introduced the "judges' save" the following season.