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Former American Idol finalist dead at 35

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A former "American Idol" finalist has passed away.

Michael Johns died on Friday from an apparent blood clot in his ankle.

Johns was an Australian singer who appeared on season 7 of "American Idol" where he finished in 8th place.

On Twitter, former judge Simon Cowell called Johns a "truly great guy."

After "Idol," Johns released an album, "Hold Back My Heart," in 2009.

Michael Johns was 35 years old.

American Idol began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the Idols format based on the British series Pop Idol and has since become one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. 

For an unprecedented eight consecutive years, from the 2003–04 television seasons through the 2010–11 season, either its performance or result show had been ranked number one in U.S. television ratings

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