Willie Spence Dies After Car Accident

American Idol finalist and Riviera Ocean side local Willie Spence killed in car crash

The artist was in Tennessee Tuesday when the accident occurred ... despite the fact that particulars of the mishap still can't seem to be delivered.

Willie posted a video only hours before the accident ... doing what he specializes in - - singing his heart out.

Devotees of the show recall Willie blowing the appointed authorities away in season 19, and making it the whole way to the finale

He ended up coming in 2nd place behind Chayce Beckham

Producer Randall Emmett also left a message for Willie,  writing "I was lucky to have him sing for me live at my home and other  events, I will miss you my friend. I know you touched so many of us."

Willie Spence was 23 years old

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