Michael Johns, an Australian-born former
Johns, whose Facebook page indicated he lived in Los Angeles, leaves behind his wife, Stacey Vuduris.
The cause of death was not available.
"Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend," said a family statement released via "American Idol," Fox, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. "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."
Johns starred in the seventh season of "American Idol" in 2008 and placed eighth after being sent home shortly after choosing to perform Aerosmith's "Dream On." His exit was widely viewed as surprising.
Johns continued his music career after "American Idol" and was working on a new song in early July, according to messages on his Twitter feed.
Johns originally came to the U.S. on a tennis scholarship, according to an interview he gave to Billboard in 2008. He said he had once dreamed of winning
American Idol, Fox, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment said in a statement that "Michael Johns was an incredible talent, and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our 'American Idol' family and he will be truly missed."
Shortly after he was sent home from "American Idol," Johns spoke to the Times about his elimination and his plans for the future. He said he wasn't sure whether he'd move back to Australia again: