C.J. Harris, former ‘American Idol’ contestant, dead at 31

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C.J. Harris, known as a standout performer on “American Idol,” has died. He was 31.

The “American Idol” team confirmed the news on social media and shared heartfelt condolences on Instagram. 

“C.J. Harris was an incredible talent, and the news of his passing deeply saddens us,” they wrote. “He will be truly missed.”

The musician’s cause of death has not been immediately disclosed.

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“American Idol” contestant C.J. Harris has died. He was 31.
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Harris, who was currently living in Jasper, Alabama, competed on the 13th season of the reality television program and finished in sixth place. Caleb Johnson went on to win the series, which aired in 2014.

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Following his “Idol” debut, Harris released his debut single, “In Love,” in 2019.

Sam Woolf, who came in fifth place on the show, remembered competing with Harris as he paid tribute to the late singer.

C.J. Harris was remembered by "American Idol" team on Instagram Monday. 

C.J. Harris was remembered by “American Idol” team on Instagram Monday. 
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“Cj was such a genuine and loving person,” he wrote on Instagram. “We became close friends during the show and were roommates on the tour.” 

He added, “I’m very grateful to have gone through that incredible experience with him alongside Caleb and Alex. My thoughts go out to his family. Rest easy my dude.”

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Alex Preston, who came in third place, shared a photo with C.J., Sam and Caleb standing outside by a tour bus. 

C.J. Harris competed in season 13 of "American Idol." 

C.J. Harris competed in season 13 of “American Idol.” 
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He wrote: “RIP CJ. I cant believe this, I woke up and thought it was a dream. I love you dude. I’ll always remember the good times we all had.”

Caleb remembered being roommates with C.J. during “Hollywood week” and forming a brotherhood pack with Sam and Alex. 

“So many amazing memories and experiences with you CJ! Life is so fragile! I am so grateful that our lives got to cross paths in this lifetime,” Johnson added. “You were a beautiful, kind soul that always made the room brighter with your smile and laughter. Love you brother.”

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