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Former 'American Idol' contestant Michael Johns dies at 35

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FILE - In this May 16, 2013, file photo, Michael Johns arrives at the 'American Idol' finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the hit Fox singing competition and was voted off in an eighth-round stunner, has died. He was 35. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

"American Idol" contestant Michael Johns, who appeared in season 7 of the show, has died at 35. 

The network and his family released statements Saturday confirming the Australian-born singer's death.

His family says it appreciated the support streaming in from around the world but said the loss of "a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend" was devastating.

Fox called Johns "an incredible talent" and a part of the show's family who would be missed.

"I just heard the very sad news that Michael Johns has passed away. A truly great guy. Rest in peace Michael," former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell tweeted Saturday. 

Johns had never been in the show's bottom three vote-getters when he was eliminated in April 2008. After "Idol," he released an album, "Hold Back My Heart," in 2009.

The Hollywood Reporter says Johns died Friday. A cause of death wasn't immediately available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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