C.J. Harris, who finished sixth on American Idol’s 13th season in 2014, has passed away. He was 31. Harris passed away on Sunday after being taken to the Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, Alabama, a Walker County Coroner spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE. The attempt at CPR was ineffective. TMZ initially reported the news. Harris’s fellow Idol contestant Jessica Meuse paid tribute to the star on Instagram.
The performer initially appeared on an American Idol bus tour in Tuscaloosa. Then in Salt Lake City, she sang for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. He received three votes for Hollywood for his rendition of the Allman Brothers hit “Soulshine,” which he dedicated to his father. He also delivered memorable performances of other hits like “Can’t You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band and “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” by The SteelDrivers.
Harris appeared at the Grand Ole Opry with Darius Rucker after his experience on the program, and he later issued the song “In Love” in 2019. On TikTok and Instagram, he frequently posted videos of himself singing and playing the guitar. In October, he posted on Facebook that he was writing new music in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. May his soul rest in perfect peace.