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‘American Idol’ finalist Willie Spence killed in TN car crash

(CHATTANOOGA, TN)- Palm Beach County native Willie Spence, a finalist on season 19 of American Idol, died in a car crash on Tuesday afternoon in Marion County, Tennessee.

He was 23.

Spence spent his early childhood in Riviera Beach but later moved to Georgia.

His family maintained ties to the area and his parents had recently returned to Palm Beach County.

Social media tributes to the singer were making the rounds online Wednesday.