Michael Johns performs during the season finale of American Idol on Wednesday May 21, 2008, in Los Angeles.
Michael Johns performs during the season finale of American Idol on Wednesday May 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. Mark Mainz - AP Images for Fox

Perth-born Idol contestant Michael Johns dies, 35

US Celebrity website hollywoodreporter.com is reporting that Perth-born singer-songwriter Michael Johns has died in his sleep overnight.

The cause of death is believed to be a blod clot in the 35-year-old's ankle.

Johns, born Michael John Lee, was best known for competing in the 2008 season of American Idol, in which he came eighth place and earned a contract to release his 2009 album Hold Back My Heart.

As a teen Johns appeared in a number of stage productions including Pinocchio and Anything Goes, both in Perth.


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