CJ Harris, a former American Idol candidate, died on Sunday, January 15, at the age of 31 in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama. At the time of his death, he was 31 years old. On Sunday night, he allegedly had a “apparent” heart attack. Following the medical incident, he was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Sadly, the vocalist did not survive. CJ Harris’ career took off once he made it to American Idol despite being rejected by several contests in the past. Following that, he competed in the 13th season of the iconic American singing reality program. Harris finished in the “Top 6” of the competition. In 2019, his first song, In Love, was released.
Following the unexpected passing of CJ Harris, Twitter users pay their respects to the former American Idol participant.
Following the news of Harris’ untimely death, many Internet users reacted quickly through their social media names. On Twitter, several expressed their sympathies by posting “RIP,” while a few admirers appreciated his work. Harris’ unexpected death generated conspiracy theories and discussion among anti-vax social media users, with several tweeting:
American Idol star, CJ Harris, 31, dies suddenly after an ‘apparent heart attack’. Even as a cardiologist, I’m old enough to remember when people in their 20s & 30s didn’t regularly die from heart attacks. Perhaps those focused on Covid deaths should focus on sudden deaths! pic.twitter.com/PLkvI1teB1
— Afshine Emrani MD FACC (@afshineemrani) January 16, 2023
Since 2000 heart attacks in younger people have been increasing.
Shut up and have some respect assholes#CJHarris #RIP pic.twitter.com/KWdTLUBQoo
— Michigan💜Molly🖤RIPGOP💙 (@BunnehD35P) January 17, 2023
CJ Harris’ singing career started when he auditioned for American Idol for the second time.
CJ Harris was born in Jasper, Alabama on January 28, 1991. He auditioned for American Idol in 2010 as a self-taught vocalist but was unsuccessful on his first try. He later applied for The X-Factor and The Voice but was turned down. Harris auditioned for American Idol for the second time in 2014. He was successful this time since he appeared on the program numerous times after making it to the Top 13 finalists list. During an interview after reaching the finals, Harris discussed his earlier failures and commented on his achievements. He stated:
“I auditioned for The X-Factor but didn’t make it through the first round. I tried out for The Voice but didn’t make it, which disappointed me. It really did. So I went home, and that’s when I decided to quit performing in bars. I needed to get my act together and figure out who I was.”
During the conversation, the singer also discussed how he came upon another opportunity to audition for American Idol and took it. CJ received a thumbs-up from the judges as he made it to the “Top 6” contenders at the age of 23. Harris reportedly knew how to play the piano and was inspired by Usher and Keith Sweat. In Love, his first and only song was released in 2019. CJ’s future ambitions, however, remain unknown after his untimely demise. CJ Harris’ marriage or relationship status remained unknown to the public at the time of his death since the artist never disclosed it on any platform. Although he previously shared a photo on Instagram with two children, nothing has been proven as of this writing.