Former Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said he learned of Johns' death while attending a performance of the musical Hair at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday. Ashley Sawyer was found dead on April 30 at an apartment complex in Hoover, Alabama, police told CNN.Michael Johns, the former owner of John’s and father of current owner Anthony Johns, has been scooping up Devon delights for customers.Michael used to sell ice-creams from the tricycle when he ran Johns in the 1960s. If you have a comment you would like for the author to see, please contact him via his blog, or email me directly at christine ATfromdatestodiapers DOTcom and I’ll be sure to pass it along to Michael. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. As much as it pains me, I have had to disable the comment feature.
"He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed."Longtime judge Simon Cowell, who left Idol in 2010, tweeted: "I just heard the very sad news that Michael Johns has passed away. Rest in peace Michael.""A consistently kind guy with talent for days," tweeted Idol host Ryan Seacrest. He auditioned for Idol in 2007 as Michael Lee (adopting the name "Johns" for the competition, a reference to both his middle name, John, and his stepfather) when he was 28, the age cutoff for Idol eligibility.
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"We'll miss you."Johns is the first Idol finalist to die since the Fox show launched in 2002. Lythgoe, who is an executive producer and judge on So You Think You Can Dance, said he had recently worked with Johns on a CBS pilot and that the singer had performed at charity events he organized. My boys and I were devastated to hear the news."Johns welcomed the Idol spotlight. Might as well enjoy."Before and after the show, he spent hours signing autographs for fans lined up outside the venue. He released his post-Idol album Hold Back My Heart in 2009 and followed that with an EP, Love & Sex, in 2012.
In 2008, he finished eighth on the singing competition in a shocking elimination that was cited by producers as one of the reasons Idol introduced the "judges' save" the following season. Lythgoe said his sons, Simon and Kris, were friends with Johns."His acoustic version of the Bee Gees' To Love Somebody was very special, but I will always remember him singing The Beatles' You Never Give Me Your Money/Golden Slumbers. In a backstage interview with USA TODAY at the 2008 Idols Live tour in Rosemont, Ill., he said: "I will say, being a celebrity doesn't suck. He is survived by his wife, Stacey Vuduris, a Los Angeles interior designer.