‘American Idol’ alum CJ Harris’ cause of death has been revealed. The 31-year-old died of a heart attack, a Walker County Coroner’s Office spokesman confirmed Thursday to Fox News Digital.
Assistant Medical Examiner Danielle Calloway said the singer died Sunday night after being rushed to Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, Alabama.
Calloway told Fox News Digital that doctors at the hospital performed CPR on Harris, but the effort was unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead of a heart attack.
Harris took part in the 13th season of “American Idol” and placed sixth. Caleb Johnson won the reality TV competition series which aired in 2014.
‘American Idol’ alum CJ Harris’ cause of death has been revealed. The 31-year-old died of a heart attack, a Walker County Coroner’s Office spokesman confirmed Thursday to Fox News Digital. (FOX Image Collection via Getty Images/File)
CJ HARRIS, FORMER AMERICAN IDOL CONTEST, DEAD AT 31
Following his “Idol” debut, Harris released his debut single “In Love” in 2019.
After the news of the musician’s death became known, the “DSDS” team expressed their heartfelt condolences on Twitter.
“CJ Harris was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing,” they wrote. “He will really be missed.”
Sam Woolf, who placed fifth on the show, recalled competing with Harris as he paid tribute to the late singer.
“Cj was such a genuine and loving person,” he wrote on Instagram. “We became close friends during the show and were roommates on tour.”
He added: “I am so grateful to have had this incredible experience with him alongside Caleb and Alex. My thoughts go to his family.
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Alex Preston, who placed third, shared a photo with Harris, Woolf and Johnson standing outside by a tour bus.
He wrote: “RIP CJ. I can’t believe this, I woke up and thought it was a dream. i love you dude I will always remember the good times we all had.”
Johnson recalled roommates with Harris during “Hollywood Week” and formed a fraternity pack with Preston and Woolf.
“So many amazing memories and experiences with you CJ! Life is so fragile! I’m so thankful that our lives intersect in this life,” Johnson added. “You were a beautiful, kind soul who always brightened the room with your smile and laughter. I love you brother.”
Jess Meuse, who placed fourth, posted a photo of herself with Harris on Instagram and wrote, “It is with a heavy heart to hear of the passing of my colleague @americanidol and friend @cjharrismusic.”
She continued: “I am completely shocked. Your talent and smile will be missed, and the world is definitely a darker and eerily calmer place without you. I will miss your random calls asking for life advice and talking about the music world.”
“When you go through something like Idol together, it brings everyone involved together like one big, weird, dysfunctional family. I am grateful that our paths crossed and that I can say that you were (and always will be) a part of me. “
“There are a lot of things I know I’ll never understand – your leaving us so soon is one of those things. Rest in peace, friend. See you on the other side.”
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Fox News Digital’s Tracy Wright contributed to this story.
Ashley Hume is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @ashleyhume