American Idol Singer’s Cause of Death Revealed

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Grammy-winning singer and “American Idol” alum Mandisa Hundley, best known for her appearance on Season 5 of the popular show, passed away on April 18, 2024, at the age of 47. Her cause of death was complications from class III obesity, as confirmed by an autopsy report obtained by People magazine.

Class III obesity, or severe obesity, is defined by the Cleveland Clinic as having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher with obesity-related health conditions such as type two diabetes or heart disease. Mandisa’s death was classified as natural, and there were no signs of foul play, according to medical officials.

Mandisa, born Mandisa Lynn Hundley, rose to fame in 2006 on “American Idol,” finishing in the top nine. Her powerful voice and heartfelt performances left a lasting impression on the judges and the audience. Despite facing criticism from judge Simon Cowell about her weight, she remained resilient and continued to pursue her passion for music.

Following her stint on “American Idol,” Mandisa enjoyed a successful career in contemporary Christian music. Her debut album, “True Beauty,” released in 2007, debuted at number one on the Top Christian Albums chart. She later won a Grammy Award in 2014 for her album “Overcomer,” which included the hit single of the same name.

Mandisa’s death has deeply affected her family, friends, and fans. Her father, John Hundley, shared that she was found in her Nashville home and had last been seen alive three weeks prior. “She brought immense joy to our family and our lives, and we will miss her every day,” he told the local media. Hundley also felt relieved that the autopsy confirmed no signs of self-harm, supporting his belief about his daughter’s death.

In tribute to Mandisa, “American Idol” honored her in a recent episode. Former contestants and close friends Melinda Doolittle, Colton Dixon, and Danny Gokey performed a moving rendition of “Shackles (Praise You)” by Mary Mary, a song Mandisa had previously performed on the show. “Mandisa was a fan of people. She was a cheerleader for other people’s music,” Gokey said in a heartfelt Instagram post. Doolittle added, “Mandisa was the most enthusiastic supporter anyone could have. Her cheerfulness was unmatched, and she lifted everyone around her.”

Mandisa’s impact extended beyond her music. She was open about her struggles with weight, depression, and trauma, using her platform to encourage others facing similar challenges. Her memoir, “Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Joy,” detailed her battles and triumphs, aiming to inspire conversations about mental health.

The music community and her fans continue to mourn the loss of a vibrant, talented artist who touched many lives with her voice and spirit. Mandisa’s legacy lives on through her music and her profound impact on those who knew her.

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