‘American Idol’ Contestant Michael Johns Died Of Enlarged Heart, Coroner Says

A spokesman for the Orange County coroner told the Daily News on Tuesday that the death of 35-year-old was linked to the “severe” enlargement of the heart. The fan favorite ‘Idol’ died in August in Tustin, California.

They mysterious death of “American Idol” finalist Michael Johns last summer has been linked to the “severe” enlargement of his heart, authorities said.

Johns, 35, suffered from “severe dilated cardiomyopathy with cardiomegaly,” a spokesman for the Orange County coroner told the Daily News.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is more common in men than in women and is characterized by a heart becomes enlarged and weakened to the point that it cannot pump blood efficiently.

It may result from damage caused by infectious agents, thyroid disease or alcohol abuse.

Johns also had a fatty liver and chlorpheniramine cold medication in his system when he died, coroner’s spokesman said Tuesday.

The “Americal Idol” fan favorite, was found dead on the couch of a friend in Tustin, Calif.
The friend quickly called 911 and said he found the contestant on the seventh season of the hit TV series unresponsive to return home.

Johns said was cold to the touch and with early signs of rigor mortis, because it was difficult to get flat on the ground to chest compressions, 911 recording obtained by The News revealed.

Celebrity said the musician had sprained his ankle before he died and went to the doctor with knee swelling.

An unidentified police source later told that excessive consumption of alcohol may have been a factor.

Producers “Idol” Johns issued a statement calling “an incredible talent.”

“We are deeply saddened by the news of his death. He was a part of our family of American Idol and he will be truly missed,” said the statement. “Our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Originally from Perth, Australia, Johns survived by his wife in Los Angeles Stacey Vuduris.

Vuduris organized a touching tribute in September with the performance of the E Street Band Steven Van Zandt, of Chicago Peter Cetera and alumni of “Idol” Ruben Studdard and Brooke White.

“It was very emotional to arm, but has been somewhat therapeutic as well,” he told People magazine. “It was overwhelming to see how much people loved him.”


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