American Idol season 3 contestant and former Mouseketeer Marque “Tate” Lynche, who died in December at age 34, drank himself to death, a spokeswoman for the New York City chief medical examiner’s office told TheWrap and other media outlets on Thursday.
Marque’s cause of death was determined to be acute and chronic alcoholism, while his cause of death was determined to be natural.
The singer’s roommate found the body in their New York City apartment on Sunday December 6 and he was pronounced dead at 4 pm ET
The singer’s first brush with fame was with the Mickey Mouse Club back in the 90s, co-starring alongside Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera.
Marque competed in American Idol season 3 back in 2004 and got as far as the semi-final round, where he was eliminated. In 2000, the St. Petersburg, Florida, native appeared off Broadway in The Lion King as Simba. He joined the cast of Fame on 42nd Street in 2004. According to The Wrap, Marque later took a break from acting to heal from the loss of his mother and focus on recording and releasing an album on a record label.
Marque was the brother of American Idol season 9 4th place finisher, Michael Lynche.