American Idol 2021 runner-up Willie Spence died Tuesday afternoon as a result of a traffic accident on I-24 near Jasper, Tennessee when his Jeep Cherokee veered off the road and slammed into a stopped tractor-trailer. Spence had reportedly had a flat tire repaired earlier in the day but it is not yet known if that contributed to him losing control of his vehicle.
Willie really did light up every room he walked into. He could change the mood instantly when he started singing. He will truly be missed. https://t.co/XTqm65UJu0
— Luke Bryan (@lukebryan) October 12, 2022
Luke Bryan and American Idol both paid tribute to Spence on social media today. Below is the last video Spence shared to his Instagram mere hours before his accident, singing a worship song in his car.