'American Idol' star CJ Harris' cause of death confirmed after sudden death at 31

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By Kim Novak

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CJ Harris's cause of death has been confirmed after the American Idol star died suddenly last weekend (January 15) at the age of 31.

The singer, who found fame after finishing in the top six of the singing competition in 2014, had been rushed to hospital on Sunday after a suspected heart attack.

Harris had been taken to a hospital in Jasper, Alabama, near where he lived but tragically did not make it.

Medical officials have now confirmed his cause of death to be a heart attack and concluded an autopsy is not necessary.

According to reports from TMZ, the Walker County Coroner confirms medics listed Harris's aseath a a heart attack, meaning further investigation into his cause of death is not necessary.

Harris had been a popular star on American Idol after stunning the judges with his rendition of 'Soulshine' by the Allman Brothers Band.

Judge Keith Urban was blown away by his voice, telling Harris after his audition: "You sing 'cause you have to sing, not 'cause you want to sing. And, I mean that in the deepest way. And, that's why it's so believable and real."

He was chosen as a wildcard by the judges to go through to the semi-finals of the competition after missing out on a place with votes alone and ended up making the top six before being eliminated.

Harris was born and raised in Jasper and first started learning music at the age of eight after being gifted a broken guitar by his grandfather, who he credited as his musical mentor, before learning to play the piano as well.

His first experience of singing came in a church choir as a child, before making it his career as an adult.

Prior to getting on American Idol in 2014, Harris also had unsuccessfully auditioned in 2010, as well as trying out for The Voice and X Factor.

He told the Hollywood Reporter why he went back to audition for American Idol a second time, explaining: "I saw they were doing the bus tour and they were going to be 30 minutes down the road from me.

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Harris (bottom right) had made the final six of American Idol in 2014. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy

"I said, 'You know what? I'm going to give it another chance. I've gotten so much better, my voice has matured and my playing has gotten so much better. I'm 23, before you know it I'll be 33 and I want to give it another chance.'"

Our thoughts are with CJ Harris's friends and family at this difficult time.

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'American Idol' star CJ Harris' cause of death confirmed after sudden death at 31

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By Kim Novak

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CJ Harris's cause of death has been confirmed after the American Idol star died suddenly last weekend (January 15) at the age of 31.

The singer, who found fame after finishing in the top six of the singing competition in 2014, had been rushed to hospital on Sunday after a suspected heart attack.

Harris had been taken to a hospital in Jasper, Alabama, near where he lived but tragically did not make it.

Medical officials have now confirmed his cause of death to be a heart attack and concluded an autopsy is not necessary.

According to reports from TMZ, the Walker County Coroner confirms medics listed Harris's aseath a a heart attack, meaning further investigation into his cause of death is not necessary.

Harris had been a popular star on American Idol after stunning the judges with his rendition of 'Soulshine' by the Allman Brothers Band.

Judge Keith Urban was blown away by his voice, telling Harris after his audition: "You sing 'cause you have to sing, not 'cause you want to sing. And, I mean that in the deepest way. And, that's why it's so believable and real."

He was chosen as a wildcard by the judges to go through to the semi-finals of the competition after missing out on a place with votes alone and ended up making the top six before being eliminated.

Harris was born and raised in Jasper and first started learning music at the age of eight after being gifted a broken guitar by his grandfather, who he credited as his musical mentor, before learning to play the piano as well.

His first experience of singing came in a church choir as a child, before making it his career as an adult.

Prior to getting on American Idol in 2014, Harris also had unsuccessfully auditioned in 2010, as well as trying out for The Voice and X Factor.

He told the Hollywood Reporter why he went back to audition for American Idol a second time, explaining: "I saw they were doing the bus tour and they were going to be 30 minutes down the road from me.

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Harris (bottom right) had made the final six of American Idol in 2014. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy

"I said, 'You know what? I'm going to give it another chance. I've gotten so much better, my voice has matured and my playing has gotten so much better. I'm 23, before you know it I'll be 33 and I want to give it another chance.'"

Our thoughts are with CJ Harris's friends and family at this difficult time.

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