\"American Idol\" Finalist Michael Johns Dead At 35

\"American Idol\" Finalist Michael Johns Dead At 35
(Undated) -- Tragedy has struck the "American Idol" family. Australian-born singer Michael Johns, who finished eighth in the seventh season of the Fox singing competition, has died at the age of 35. A statement released by Johns' family Saturday said the family was "devastated" and asked fans to keep Michael in their thoughts and respect their need to grieve privately. According to "The Hollywood Reporter" and other news outlets, Johns died Friday from a blood clot in his ankle. He is the first "Idol" finalist to die in the history of the show.

"Idol" producers said in a statement that Johns would be truly missed, calling him "an incredible artist," and a part of the "American Idol" family.