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Subject: Michael Johns, American Idol contestant, dies at 35

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/04/14 at 8:40 am

American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns has died at the age of 35.

US TV network Fox and Johns' family released statements confirming the news, with Fox describing Johns as "an incredible talent".

No cause of death was given, however Hollywood Reporter said it was due to a blood clot in his ankle.

Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell paid tribute on Twitter, calling him "a truly great guy".

According to TMZ, the Australian-born singer saw a doctor on Thursday complaining of pain and swelling in his leg after twisting his ankle and was later sent home.

He was found unresponsive at a friend's apartment on Friday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed," Fox said.

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