Willie Spence Accident Video Footage & Photos

American Idol’ runner-up Willie Spence dies at 23 after car crash. Spence finished as runner-up to Chayce Beckham in the show’s 19th season, which aired last year.

Former “American Idol” runner-up Willie Spence died after a car accident on Tuesday, according to authorities.

Spence, 23, finished as runner-up to Chayce Beckham in the show’s 19th season, which aired last year.

The crash occurred at around 4 p.m. Tuesday in Marion County in East Tennessee, when Spence’s 2019 Jeep Cherokee “left the roadway” and collided with the back of a tractor trailer that was stopped on the shoulder of the east side of Interstate 24, at the 147 mile marker, according to a preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Marion County Medical Examiner.

Willie Spence Accident Video

Both Spence, who is originally from Georgia, and the driver of the tractor trailer, who is 68 years old, were wearing seat belts, according to the report.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the agency is investigating why Spence’s car veered off the road.

Wille Spence Accident Picture

Marion County Medical Examiner Barbara O’Neal said the cause of death was “multisystem trauma due to motor vehicle accident” and that Spence was pronounced dead at the scene.


Just hours before the crash, Spence posted a video of himself singing “You Are My Hiding Place” on his Instagram page.

Spence finished in second place on “American Idol” in the spring of 2021.

“We are devastated about the passing of our beloved American Idol family member, Willie Spence. He was a true talent who lit up every room he entered and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to his loved ones,” the competition show posted on its social accounts.

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