Death Date: 11/10/2022
Age: 23 Years
Some Lesser Known Facts About Willie Spence
- Willie Spence was an American singer. He is known for being the first runner-up on Season 19 of “American Idol.’ He hit the headlines when his performance on Rihanna’s hit “Diamonds” went viral on various social media platforms in 2017. On 12 October 2022, Willie Spence died in a car crash. One of the American Idol’s Instagram team posted the news of Willie’s death on their official account. It read,
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.”
- According to some media sources, Willie Spence began learning to sing when he was three years old and used to sing with his grandfather at a church in Florida. When he was six years old, his family moved to Georgia. Later, they shifted to Riviera Beach.
- During his school days, one of his videos went viral on YouTube in which Willie Spence sang the song “Diamonds” in 2017, and since then, he gained immense popularity on various social media platforms. His first video earned more than 15 million views on YouTube in 2017.
- In November 2017, Willie Spence was featured on Steve Harvey’s Must-See daytime talk show due to his viral.
- In 2021, during the auditions for American Idol, a singing reality show, he chose to perform the song for his audition. After his performance, the judges of the show Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan declared him an unbelievable singer. One of the judges of the show, Bryan stated that he did not want Willie’s performance to end. Katy Perry asked Willie about his next five years plan after the audition round. Willie then replied,
I just want my voice to reach the world and just share my gift. Hopefully winning a Grammy one day. That’s where I see myself in five years.”
- Willie Spence has a YouTube channel, which garnered over 592k subscribers soon after he started posting songs by Rihanna, John Legend, and R. Kelly in his own voice after he was declared the first runner-up of American Idol in 2021. His YouTube channel consisted mostly the music videos.
- Once, in a media conversation, Willie Spence disclosed that he liked swimming with his mother in his leisure time.
- Willie Spence died on 11 October 2022 in a car accident on Interstate 24 near Chattanooga, United States. The police confirmed his death news in a statement in which they revealed that his car crashed into a tractor-trailer parked on the road. Police said,
Spence was driving and, for an unknown reason, veered off the road, crashing into a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder. Spence was killed. He was only 23 years old.”