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Former "Idol" contestant Michael Johns attends the series finale in 2013. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment)

Report: Former ‘American Idol’ Finalist Dies At 35

Former “American Idol” finalist Michael Johns has died, according to various reports.


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MDA Telethon Brings In $61.5M

Even without Jerry Lewis, the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon posted its best gain since the recession started, though the program’s longtime host was on the minds of many during the 46th annual fundraiser.

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Shorter, Lewis-Free MDA Telethon Makes Several References To Jerry’s Absence

The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fundraiser — the charity’s first comments about the beloved icon’s departure since an announcement last month.

CBS2 / KCAL9–09/04/2011