Ex-American Idol contestant Haley Smith dies in crash at 26


Former American Idol contestant Haley Smith has died. She was 26.

The season 11 contestant crashed her motorcycle in Millinocket, Maine, on Aug. 31 at 2:00 a.m., which resulted in her death, local police and Maine’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed to agency.

An investigation into the one-vehicle accident is pending, but police believe that “she failed to negotiate a sharp turn and crashed.”

Smith, who was originally from Utah, initially made it through the Colorado auditions back in 2012 but was eliminated in the second round in Hollywood.

She was known for wowing the American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson  with her folk twist on Rufus and Chaka Khan’s “Tell Me Something Good.”