LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former “American Idol” finalist Michael Johns has died, according to various reports.
The Hollywood Reporter says Johns, a season 7 top ten contestant, died Friday from a blood clot in his ankle.
TMZ reported Johns had twisted his ankle and was in a great deal of pain. They also said he died in his sleep.
Former “Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ, “He was a great talent and dear friend. My boys and I are devastated.”
The Australian-born heart throb came in #8 in the season eventually won by David Cook.
Johns — born Michael John Lee — released an album, “Hold Back My Heart,” in 2009.
US Weekly reported that Johns just tweeted last week that he was ready to go back into the studio and record a new song called “Reckless.”
He is survived by his wife of seven years, Stacey Vuduris, a Hollywood interior designer.