American Idol contestant CJ Harris dies at age 31: The singer suffered an ‘apparent heart attack’ in his hometown in Alabama… after finding fame nine years ago by placing 6th on the competition show

  • American Idol contestant CJ Harris died at the age of 31 on Sunday 
  • The artist seemed to suffer a heart attack and was taken by ambulance
  • Once he got to his local hospital in Alabama, he was pronounced dead
  • The singer performed on the reality TV show in 2014, making it to the top six
  • He subsequently struck up a friendship with Darius Rucker, working with him

American Idol contestant CJ Harris died at the age of 31 on Sunday.

The artist seemed to suffer a heart attack and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama. Shortly after arriving in the emergency room the crooner – whose full name is Curtis ‘CJ’ Harris – was pronounced dead, according to a Monday report from TMZ

The singer performed on the reality TV show in 2014, making it to the top six. He subsequently struck up a friendship with Darius Rucker who became his mentor.

So young to pass: American Idol contestant CJ Harris died at the age of 31 on Sunday. Seen in 2014 in Hollywood

So young to pass: American Idol contestant CJ Harris died at the age of 31 on Sunday. Seen in 2014 in Hollywood

In his hometown: The artist seemed to suffer a heart attack and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama. Shortly after arriving in the emergency room he was pronounced dead, according to a Monday report from TMZ. Seen in 2014

In his hometown: The artist seemed to suffer a heart attack and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama. Shortly after arriving in the emergency room he was pronounced dead, according to a Monday report from TMZ. Seen in 2014

A family member spoke to the site sharing the family was in shock over his passing.

His road to Idol was bumpy.

Harris first auditioned for The X-Factor and The Voice, but was not successful. That is when he turned his attention to American Idol where he made a big impression during the 13th season which took place in 2014.

He auditioned first in Tuscaloosa then in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Harris impressed judges with his rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s classic hit tune Soulshine.

Judge Keith Urban told CJ, ‘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.’

Early: A family member spoke to the site sharing the family was in shock over his passing. Seen in 2014

Early: A family member spoke to the site sharing the family was in shock over his passing. Seen in 2014

Then he sang Too Close, American Woman, and Free Fallin’.

He made it all the way to sixth place. 

In 2014 he told The Hollywood Reporter he auditioned for American Idol on w him. ‘I saw they were doing the bus tour and they were going to be 30 minutes down the road from me. 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,”‘ he shared.

He found success after Idol as well, performing at the Grand Ole Opry with Darius Rucker.

He had a voice: Harris made a big impression when on American Idol nine years ago. He auditioned in Salt Lake City Utah in 2014. Harris impressed judges with his rendition of the Allman Brothers Band's Soulshine. Seen in 2014

He had a voice: Harris made a big impression when on American Idol nine years ago. He auditioned in Salt Lake City Utah in 2014. Harris impressed judges with his rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s Soulshine. Seen in 2014

Harris had shared that he came from simple beginnings.

At age eight, he started learning the guitar on a broken one gifted to him from his grandfather. It had only three strings but was enough to get him hooked on music. He also sang in the church choir and learned how to play the piano.

Some of his influences were John Legend, John Mayer, and Keith Urban.   

Before American Idol he recorded an album titled Small Town Boy as an independent musician. 

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