'American Idol' Contestant Haley Smith Dies in Motorcycle Accident
Smith appeared on season 11 of the show.
Former "American Idol" contestant Haley Smith died in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning, according to reports. She was just 27.
Smith, who was from Utah, crashed her motorcycle in Millinocket, Maine, around 2 a.m. after failing to navigate a sharp turn, police said. She died at the scene, WABI reported.
She was 21 when she appeared in season 11 of "American Idol" in 2012. She welcomed the show's cameras to her home, a log cabin, saying, "I love nature! I love being outdoors. It's where I feel most at peace."
During her audition in Colorado, she sang Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good" for the judges, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.
"I just love the commitment to you just being who you are, and just the natural gift," Jackson told her after her performance.
She was put through to the next round but didn't make it beyond the second round in Hollywood.
Her dad, Mike Smith, told TMZ the family does not believe she lost control of her bike. Instead, they believe a deer might have caused the accident.
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