A Heartfelt Tribute to American Idol ‘Runner-Up Willie Spence From Luke Bryan, Ryan Tribute To Willie Spence
Willie Spence is recognized for his beautiful singing voice and charismatic stage presence.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, Spence, 23, passed away on Tuesday after an automobile accident in Tennessee, according to NBC.
“Everybody on and off set loved him,” “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest wrote on Twitter. “@Williespence you’ll be deeply missed.”
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) October 12, 2022
Spence, who finished second to Chayce Beckham on “American Idol,” was a fan favorite during his season.
After watching one of your performances, Judge Luke Bryan told you that “You’re literally going to save people’s lives with your voice. You’re going to bring people back from the darkness,”
Willie really did light up every room he walked into. He could change the mood instantly when he started singing. He will truly be missed. https://t.co/XTqm65UJu0
— Luke Bryan (@lukebryan) October 12, 2022
He had also performed on the “American Idol” reunion episode in May with the second-place finisher Grace Kinstler.
According to NBC, the collision occurred in Marion County, East Tennessee, at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
A Tennessee Highway Patrol report that the news source was able to get states that Spence’s 2019 Jeep Cherokee ran off the road and slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer that was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 24’s east side at the 147-mile marker.
According to “American Idol,” they are “devastated.”
The singing contest commented, “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.”
David Hernandez, another former “American Idol” contestant, declared that Spence had one of his favorite voices.
— David Hernandez (@DHernandezMusic) October 12, 2022
Bryan also stated that he will miss Spence.
“Willie really did light up every room he walked into,” Bryan wrote. “He could change the mood instantly when he started singing. He will truly be missed.”
Several admirers expressed their sorrow over the passing of the gifted singer.
“Being an American Idol fan, me and mom loved listening to you sing. The emotion and raw talent were so incredible to see week after week,” one person tweeted.
RIP to @Williespence. Being an American Idol fan, me and mom loved listening to you sing. The emotion and raw talent was so incredible to see week after week. 23 years old and gone much too soon. Prayers to his family during this horrible time
— Bobby (@Bobaluch1787) October 12, 2022
“I have to trust that God used you to make this world a better place. I selfishly regret that your journey was so quick, but I have no doubt you are leading the choir,” another person tweeted.
My heart is breaking for your family @Williespence. I have to trust that God used you to make this world a better place. I selfishly regret that your journey was so quick, but I have no doubt you are leading the choir #BigWillieStyle.#AmericanIdol💔
— Kim (@LoveLakeLifeKim) October 12, 2022
The first few bars of the modern Christian vocal group Selah’s song “You Are My Hiding Place” are sung by Spence in his last Instagram post.
In a clip captioned “Lord you are my hiding spot,” Spence can be heard singing an emotive ballad while seated in a car.
Following his untimely passing, Spence’s final post, which has received over 26,000 likes, has turned into a place for his followers, friends, and fellow artists to memorialize him.
Brennan “Beane” Hepler, a fellow former “American Idol” participant, only added three golden hearts as a comment, whereas Spence’s post received the following comment from Katharine McPhee Foster: “You’re with Jesus now. God’s blessings on you Appreciative of the time we had.