Michael Johns Dies; Former American Idol Finalist Was 35

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Michael Johns, a singer who finished eighth on American Idol in 2008, passed away yesterday from a probable blood clot in his ankle.

He was 35 years old.

Johns, Michael

Johns released an album ("Hold Back My Heart") in 2009 and married Stacey Vuduris in 2007. The couple did not have any children.

A rep for the singer's fansite tweeted the sad news earlier today, writing online:

"It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns."

Sources say Johns visited a doctor due to pain in his ankle on Thursday, but was sent home undiagnosed. His body was then found unresponsive on a friend's sofa the following day.

We send our condolences to his family members and loved ones.

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