American Idol’s Season 19 Runner-up Willie Spence died last Tuesday in a car accident. Hours before his sudden death, the singer posted his last performance on his Instagram page. He sang the praise song with a written caption of the title’s song.
“Lord, you are my hiding place,” he wrote in his caption. The 23-year-old singer sang Michael Ledner’s hymn, “You are my hiding place.”
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The lyrics portray trust in God as He becomes the refuge and shelter. “You are my hiding place / You always fill my heart with songs of deliverance whenever I am afraid / I will trust in You / I will trust in You / Let the weak say I am strong in the strength of the Lord.”
According to news outlets, Willie’s car went off the road and crashed into the back of a trailer. Police pronounced him dead on the spot.
Many celebrities paid tribute to the rising star. The TV series, American Idol, honored Willie by remembering him on the day he was discovered by the world. They shared, “We are devastated about the passing of our beloved American Idol family member Willie Spence. He was a true talent who lit up every room he entered and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to his loved ones.”
Lionel Richie, one of the show’s judges, also posted a touching message for Willie. “Your light will always shine in this world,” he said. During the audition epsiode, Richie gave Willie an immediate standing ovation. “We were so blessed to get a chance to see you shine. My thoughts and prayers are with Willie’s family. Rest well, my friend.”
Willie’s last song may allude to his last hours on earth. Indeed, God is his hiding place today, and we know that he is already singing songs of deliverance before heaven’s throne.
Prayers for Willie’s family and loved ones.
Reference: CBN News