American Idol finalist Michael Johns died Friday from a blood clot in his ankle, according to his website and various reports.
The administrator of his website confirmed this news on Saturday via Twitter.
“It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns. No other details will b avail at this time.Please respect the privacy of Mike’s family and friends as we know u will.”
The Australian-born singer, 35, had finished eighth on Season 7 of the singing competition in 2008.
Close friend Torrey Gimbill told E! News that the singer was complaining about pains in his legs days before his death.
“My mom took him into the emergency room [Thursday],” he tells E! News. “He had complained about his leg hurting him, he thought it might be a blood clot because it had bruised pretty badly and he never hurt his leg.”
Johns is the first American Idol finalist to pass away.
RIP Michael Johns.