Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tennessee Police Continue Investigation into Death of ‘American Idol’ Alum Mandisa

*The Franklin Police Department in Tennessee released a statement Monday saying it is “continuing to investigate” the sudden death of Grammy-winning singer Mandisa Lynn Hundley.

We reported earlier via CNN that Mandisa, who got her start as a contestant on “American Idol” in 2006, passed away last week at age 47, according to a statement on her verified social media.

“We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased. At this time we do not know the cause of death or any further details,” the post reads. “We ask for your prayers for her family and close knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time. Mandisa was a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world.”

Police in Nashville, where Mandisa resided, said, “… there is no indication the death was the result of suspicious or criminal activity.”

Mandisa (Mark Humphrey-AP via CNN Newsource)
Mandisa (Mark Humphrey-AP via CNN Newsource)

“The Franklin Police Department is continuing to investigate the death of a woman found inside a Beamon Dr. residence last Thursday evening,” the statement said. “Over the weekend, a medical examiner identified the deceased individual as Mandisa Hundley, 47. At this time, there is no indication the death was the result of suspicious or criminal activity.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, Paula Abdul, a judge during Mandisa’s “American Idol” season, referred to her as “a true powerhouse performer.

“Her warmth and unwavering kindness towards everyone, even in the face of harsh criticism, was truly unmatched. Not only was she a beautiful person, but she was also a true powerhouse performer,” Abdul said. “I still think of her taking the stage during American Idol to perform her rendition of Chaka Khan’s ‘I’m Every Woman’ and absolutely brought the house down. I’ll always remember her poise, grace and dignity — and how could anyone forget those incomparable vocals! Wishing her family and those closest to her healing in remembering this radiant woman.”

Per CNN, Mandisa released her debut album, “True Beauty,” in 2007. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart and earned Mandisa her first Grammy nominations. Five more albums would follow: “It’s Christmas” in 2008; “Freedom” in 2009; “What If We Were Real” in 2011; “Overcomer” in 2013; and “Out of the Dark” in 2017.

*This article contains additional reporting from CNN. 

READ MORE: Mandisa: Grammy Award-winning ‘American Idol’ Alum Dead At 47 | VIDEO

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