“American Idol” Runner-Up Willie Spence Died in a Car Accident in Chattanooga

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Chattanooga, Tennessee—

“American Idol” runner-up Willie Spence died Tuesday, after hitting the rear of a tractor trailer that was stopped on the shoulder of the highway near Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He was 23 years old.

There’s no word on the details of the crash, but the truck driver wasn’t injured.  Hours before the accident, Willie recorded himself singing in the car.

Willie finished second to Chayce Beckham on Season 19 of “Idol” last year.