American Idol Alums and More Remember Michael Johns

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To be an American Idol alum is to be a member of a very special fraternity. That’s why the outpouring of condolences on social media in the wake of the tragic news of the death of season 7 alum, Michael Johns, at age 35, is no surprise at all.

Here’s a long list of tweets from Idol alums across the twelve years the show has been on the air. Michael was the first American Idol finalist/semi-finalist to have passed away.

The Hollywood Reporter compiled longer remembrances from friends such as Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe, Brandon Rogers, and Michael Sarver. One of Michael’s best friends on the show was the season’s winner, David Cook. Here’s what he had to say:

“Mike was one of the first people I bonded with when I got to Hollywood week, and I can honestly say that the depth and pressure associated with the first few weeks of the Idol experience would’ve eaten me alive, had it not been for Mike. He had a way of making this gigantic, life-altering event seem small and manageable. To say I’m shocked and saddened is a gross understatement. I’m completely gutted for his family, including his wife, Stacey. I hope they can find at least some small amount of solace in the fact that he made mine and many others’ lives so much better by having known him.”

Read the tweets below. You’ll have to click on some links to read full messages. Some, like Brooke White, had a lot to say.

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