Former American Idol finalist Rickey E. Smith Jr. was killed Friday morning in a car crash in Oklahoma, Variety reported. The singer was 36.
According to the entertainment news site, Smith was involved in a multi-car pile up at 3:05am on a Oklahoma City highway. Smith’s car was hit head on by a driver who was going the wrong direction. The singer died on the scene as a result of multiple blunt force injuries. The driver who caused the crash, Gerardo Cerda Jr., was hospitalized and charged with DUI, Variety noted.
Smith was a contestant on the second season of the popular FOX singing competition, coming in 8th place. The winner of that season, Ruben Studdard, left this message on his Instagram page on Friday.
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As I sit here in utter disbelief about the fact that you went to be with the Lord. I think back on all the fun times we had. How we set up for hours in our room in the Idol Mansion talking and listening to music. How much fun we all had on our very first tour. You were the heart of our season and the true definition of a real friend.. I will miss you my Friend RIP Ricky Smith. I'm sure you're in heaven singing you're heart out!!!
American Idol family members and others took to Twitter to express their sadness.
We are sending the Smith family our deepest condolences.
RIP: Season Two ‘American Idol’ Alum Killed By Drunk Driver In Car Accident was originally published on hellobeautiful.com