Rickey Smith, ‘American Idol’ Season 2 Finalist, Dies In Car Crash

Thousands of fans and friends of Rickey Smith shared their condolences on the singer’s untimely death this week. According to TMZ, Smith, 36, who was a finalist on season two of American Idol, passed away after a vehicular collision on Interstate 240 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Smith was struck by a car that was driving in the wrong direction Thursday night (May 5). Authorities stated the driver, identified as Gerardo Cerda Jr., 27, was under the influence when he was hospitalized, and will be charged.

Following American Idol, Smith performed in Oz: The Musical in 2008. Below is a video of his Lubbock, Texas performance, where he continued to display his rich vocals on stage.

Ruben Studdard and Melinda Doolittle, who were also contestants on the same season as Smith, took to Instagram to share their thoughts on their friend’s passing.

“You were the heart of our season and the true definition of a real friend..” Studdard said. “I will miss you my Friend RIP Ricky Smith. I’m sure you’re in heaven singing you’re heart out!!!”

American Idol finalist Clay AIken, and the show’s producer Nigel Lythgoe also revealed their sincerest thoughts on the tragic occurrence.

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