After former ‘American Idol’ finalist Michael Johns tragically passed away on Aug. 1 at just 35 years old, an autopsy on his body has reportedly been completed. Read on to find out more about his heartbreaking passing.
Australian singer-songwriter Michael Johns, who competed on the seventh season of American Idol, died suddenly on Aug. 1 — and now a medical team at the Orange County Coroner’s Office in California is trying to determine his official cause of death. Read on for their findings.
Michael Johns Dies: ‘American Idol’ Finalist Autopsy Report Revealed
An autopsy on Michael has reportedly been completed, but unfortunately his cause of death has not yet been concluded or confirmed.
The medical team at the Orange County Coroner’s office is “deferring the cause of death… pending toxicology results,” according to a new report from TMZ.
The site initially reported that Michael’s death was caused by was a blood clot in his ankle. But TMZ is now saying that the official cause of death has not yet been determined.
“The police were informed Johns had engaged in heavy alcohol use at some point prior to his death. And we’re told he was a heavy drinker,” a law enforcement source allegedly tells TMZ.
The report continues, “If there was a blood clot, it would appear it was not clearly the cause of death … or else the case would be closed. The fact that toxicology tests are being performed suggests the Coroner wants to know if alcohol and/or drugs played a part in Johns’ death.”
But a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Michael’s death was “completely unexpected” and that “drinking wasn’t an issue” for the singer. The insider also tells us that those close to Michael believe that the clot is what caused his death. “They would be surprised if it turns out to be anything else.” Michael’s loved ones are “bashing” the “claims that alcohol or something else had anything to do with it.”
We hope that answers will be found soon so that Michael’s loved ones can gain the closure they need.
Michael Johns: Family Releases Statement About His Passing
Michael’s family released the following statement about the singer’s sad and sudden death:
“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. Please keep Michael in your thoughts and respect our need to grieve privately in this difficult time.”
Our thoughts are with Michael’s family and friends during this very difficult time.
— Megan Ross