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'American Idol' Contestant

Michael Johns Dead at 35

8/2/2014 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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5:00 PM PST -- Sources close to Michael Johns tell us he went to a doctor on Thursday to check out the pain he had been feeling in his ankle ... the swelling and bruising had made their way up to his leg.

Doctors didn't find any problems however -- so they cleared him to go home.

We're told the next afternoon at his friends apartment ... Johns' body was found on the couch unresponsive. When paramedics arrived, he was already dead.
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"American Idol" finalist Michael Johns died Friday at the age of 35.

The singer's death was caused by a blood clot in his ankle ... sources tell us he had twisted his ankle earlier and was in a great amount of pain.

People close to Johns tell us ... it appears the ankle injury triggered the clot. We're told he died in his sleep.

The singer placed 8th in Season 7 (2008) and following his exit from the show he continued to record music.  He recorded an album -- "Hold Back My Heart" in 2009.

He'd also done a tremendous amount of charity work with former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.

Lythgoe tells TMZ, "He was a great talent and dear friend. My boys and I are devastated."

Johns was married to Stacey Vuduris.  They married in 2007.

The singer's family says, "Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from all corners of the globe."

080214_michael_john_launch_v2The last time we shot Michael he was in great spirits.

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1.

Leesia    

So sad rest in peace xx

52 days ago
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Lisa    

How does a blood clot in the ankle kill someone? I'm guessing they mean the blood clot that released from his ankle and entered his heart or brain? Anyway, condolences to the family.

52 days ago
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jacksonorleans    

RIP Dude.

52 days ago
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Barbara    

I remember him, I voted for him...RIP Michael

52 days ago
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Dee    

Oh man. Way too young. Condolences to his loved ones he left behind. RIP

52 days ago
6.

Bradean    

So young. RIP Michael Johns.

52 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

A bloodclot, that's crazy

52 days ago
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Laurin    

I remember him! Sad. RIP.

52 days ago
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The Maharincess of Franistan    

Very sad.

52 days ago
10.

DrTyrell    

Wearing fedoras will do that to you.

52 days ago
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ivan    

1 - RIP michael and condolences to his family

52 days ago
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01void    

Unbelievable, sorry to hear this, best to his family. RIP

52 days ago
13.

kenblazed    

Damn

52 days ago
14.

JayJ4509    

Don't You Forget About Him...

52 days ago
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teenie    

I'm very shocked and saddened by his passing. So young. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. RIP.

52 days ago
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